The Middle East is set to benefit from a new cable system that will connect Oman to Iran, Russia and Germany.
Operators from the four countries signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the high capacity cable system, which is called Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG).
The four companies involved in the project, which is expected to be operational by May 2012, are Omantel, Telecommunications Infrastructure Company of Iran, UK based Cable & Wireless Worldwide, and Russian carrier Rostelecom.
The four operators are due to start work on the cable system next month. EPEG will involve a combination of overland and underwater deployments, and is intended to cater for increasing data traffic from the MENA region, central Asia, Russia and Europe, providing an alternative route to the Red Sea systems.
The need for additional cable systems linking the Middle East to Europe was underscored last month when a cut on the Flag-Falcon Cable System, operated by Reliance Globalcom Company, led to internet connection problems for operators including UAE telco Du.