GCC Interconnection Authority and Etihad Atheeb Telecom and Cinturion Agree Multi-Year Deal Worth more than $70M for Saudi Arabia Network

Hamilton – June 23, 2019, Cinturion Corp Ltd., a provider of scalable, subsea and terrestrial capacity-based network solutions has chosen GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and Etihad Atheeb Telecom to land its subsea cable and provide its cross-border terrestrial network to Jordan. The project will provide the most advanced fiber optic technology to further the region’s ICT initiatives to bandwidth-hungry data centers by building additional diverse routes and connecting itself to the East and West with an information superhighway, offering unprecedented capacity.

Eng. Ahmed AL-Ebrahim, CEO of GCC Interconnection Authority commented: “I’m delighted to be able to announce the commercial agreement reached of an ‘Open Network Initiative’ in the region – an achievement that will provide tangible benefits for all consumers, businesses, and industry and is a further proof point of how the region is becoming a tech hub”.

Med East (ME) 3,212 Km and Med West (MW) 3,564 Km, two new subsea cable systems originating in Milan/Genoa, Italy and Marseille, France connecting to the India Middle East (IME) 9,401 Km cable system routed through the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Arab Gulf with two extensions to Mumbai, India. Cinturion’s three new cable systems comprise the Trans Europe Asia System (TEAS) and will have new landings on both sides of Saudi Arabia as well as new connectivity to the future global city of NEOM. IME will offer ‘Open Access’ to all licensed operators in the Gulf region, India and Jordan as it takes advantage of the latest technology available, its route diversity, shortened latency to deliver lower cost per bit services. Such advance performance is key to further enable large content and cloud service providers locating in the region.

“Today’s news represents rapid, milestone delivery on His Royal Highness the Crown Prince’s Vision 2030 transformation agenda for KSA’s ICT sector”, says Eng. Fahad Abdulrahman Al Bawardi Acting as Chief Executive Officer for Etihad Atheeb. “Together with partners GCCIA, and Cinturion, we are developing the needed GCC terrestrial infrastructure and global connectivity, with the new cable system providing unprecedented reach for customers and partners and will help continue the Kingdom’s transformation initiatives in the information and communications technology sector.”

“Cinturion’s strategy to build and operate a diversified, solution-based network, providing term and peak capacity product offerings and working in partnership with its contractors, suppliers, licensed service providers and customers to support the region’s expanding data requirements of today and for tomorrow, ultimately offering ‘infrastructure-as-a-service’,” says Greg Varisco, CEO of Cinturion. A supply agreement for the undersea cable system is in place and initial Desktop Study work has commenced.

Strong interest in the project has been expressed by the large content and cloud service providers that are also progressing with the aim of forging an alliance in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region prior to the expected completion of the TEAS network by the end 2021.

About GCCIA 

Inspired by the principles and goals of the GCC and having the desire to realize that more cooperation and fostering the links between them in the areas of trade and services in power the formation of the Authority has been agreed upon. The GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) is a joint stock company subscribed by the six (6) Gulf States, whose Articles of Association and By-Laws were approved by Royal Decree No. M/21 on July 29, 2001. www.gccia.com.sa/ 

About Etihad Atheeb Telecom 

GO is the key Brand of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Company a Telecommunications Operator in the Middle East. GO covers voice services and broadband internet services in 12 cities in Saudi Arabia. Partnering with Batelco, a key regional Telecom Operator and major shareholder, has added to Atheeb’s strength in terms of seconded resource and industry knowledge. GO received a license officially from the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) after completing all the license issuance requirements.

The company is the second fixed telecommunication licensed operator (Nomadic) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under the scope of its license, valid for a period of 25 years, the company is allowed to establish and operate a facilities- based public fixed telecommunications network including international gateways and to provide fixed line communication services at the local, national and international levels. www.go.com.sa 

About Cinturion 

Cinturion Corp. with its key management having a long history of involvement in the development and implementation of submarine telecommunications cable systems, is focused on the development of new fiber-optic networks utilizing the latest submarine cable systems coupled with the latest terrestrial technology for greenfield or underserved markets.

The strength of Cinturion comes from its diverse and experienced members profile that includes senior management, technical, financial, project management, systems engineering and sales, representing all the core elements required for successfully implementing major international fiber-optic systems. www.cinturioncorp.com 

MEDIA INQUIRIES GCC Interconnection Authority
Contact: Alaa Rahma, Telecom Networks
Tel: +966 13 821 4330

Etihad Atheeb Telecom
Contact: Mohammed Khalil Qaoud, VP Operations
Tel: +966 11 511 1150

Contact: Dan Liongson, Chief Business Development Officer
Tel: +966 50 185 8951 or +1 203 544 3029

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