Saudi incumbent, STC, has signed an agreement with SIFY Technologies that will enable them to enhance the network coverage between India and the MEA region. Both the companies are to leverage their respective investments in submarine and terrestrial telecom capacities, and ICT services.
Saad Demyati, vice president of wholesale business unit at STC, said that Saudi Telecom is the only Middle East operator that has international connectivity by way of both multiple submarine cable systems and a terrestrial cable system via the recently launched Jeddah-Amman-Damascus-Istanbul (JADI) link. "Our partnership with SIFY allows us to deliver enhanced network service reach into India, alternative network path and efficient Internet routing, and most importantly, leverage on SIFY's value-added ICT offerings such as cloud services, SaaS as well as managed integration services to our customers," he said.
Raju Vegesna, chairman and managing director of SIFY Technologies said that the partnership will help them to deliver improved network footprint throughout the Middle East, Africa and India. He stated that the partnership will enhance the company's ability to deliver global capabilities, scalability and performance reliability to customers globally who demand managed services and connectivity into India, the Middle East and African region.
Vegesna also said that the deal will help SIFY to provide enhanced services to enterprises and help its Indian, Asian and US carrier partners connect to Middle East countries such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, and East African countries such as Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Madagascar.
SIFY's EIG submarine cable capacities are ready for activation and the company's exclusive partnership with Gulf Bridge International to land the submarine cable system in India is scheduled to go live during the second half of 2011.