wiredinUSA June 2015


First link ready to go


RCN cable system extending from Fujairah to Amman has been rolled out and is ready for commercial service. At present, there are 5,000km of activated RCN, offering up to 1.2Tbps in multiples of 10G Ethernet. The consortium will extend the RCN to Turkey in the future, as and when the socio-political climate in Syria stabilizes, a statement said. The original agreement was for a 7,750km fiber optic line. Ali Amiri, chairman of the consortium and executive vice president of carrier and wholesale at Etisalat UAE, said: “The development and launch of this fiber optic cable is of great significance to the region as it avails additional network capacity to the region. “The RCN consortium also sets a fantastic example of multi-country and multi-operator cooperation, which I believe will become more necessary in the future as telcos look to maintain their relevance and appeal in a rapidly evolving sector,” he added.

The RCN (Regional Cable Network) consortium has announced the commercial launch of a high-capacity terrestrial fiber network from Fujairah, UAE to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then to Amman. The consortium of Etisalat (UAE), Zain and Orange (Jordan), Turkcell Superonline (Turkey), Mobily (Saudi Arabia), and Syrian Telecom(Syria), was established inDecember 2010 to terrestrially link the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.

In its first phase, to maintain a high level of stability and resilience and due to the prevailing security conditions in Syria, the


wiredInUSA - June 2015

wiredInUSA - June 2015



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