E& Carrier & Wholesale Services (C&WS) an internet, mobile and regional hub for international cable systems, is set to anchor the 2Africa subsea cable; this will be the most extensive subsea cable system landing in the UAE to date.
The chosen gateway for this development is Kalba, a city in the north-eastern part of the United Arab Emirates, a choice, e& says, that complements its existing Fujairah cable landing station, fortifying diversity and resilience in the UAE’s connectivity landscape
The 2Africa consortium of Bayobab, centre3, China Mobile International, Meta, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Group and WIOCC is developing a 45,000 kilometre submarine cable system, the world’s largest subsea cable project, connecting Europe, Asia and Africa. Alcatel Submarine Networks is responsible for the manufacture and installation of the 2Africa cable.
As the designated landing partner for 2Africa in the UAE, e& will lead the development of the necessary infrastructure for the landing station and will be responsible for its maintenance in the coming decades.
Around 20 subsea cable systems land in the UAE and the majority of these are managed by e&, which says it boasts unique technical expertise, a robust operating structure, a neutral access data centre, diverse landing stations, and adherence to global standards.
E& Carrier & Wholesale says it is the largest internet, mobile and regional hub for international cable systems, with an ecosystem that links 160 international carriers with its international mobile network reaching more than 800 destinations.
Its range of solutions for mobile operators, carriers, ISPs, wholesalers, and OTTs includes mobile, data, voice and satellite services.