Enterprise connectivity specialist Kalaam Telecom Group has announced the launch of a new fiber-optic terrestrial international cable system that will enhance regional and international connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), terrestrial fibre optic cable system will span over 1,400km, providing capacity of 12.8 Terabits per second (Tbps) and beyond with lowest latency connectivity to the MENA region.
Given the cable is carried over an optical ground wire associated with a regional high-tension electricity network (GCCIA), it reduces the risk of cable cuts significantly, as is evident from the very high availability of the GCCIA network over the past 5 years.
“Kalaam chose to invest in this multi-million-dollar network expansion project to sustain the ever-growing demand for data connectivity and business applications to and from the MENA region. This new state-of-the-art, upgradeable optical transport network is fully owned and operated by Kalaam Telecom Group,” said Veer Passi, group CEO of Kalaam and Tawasul Telecom.
“With the launch of KNOT, an open cable system, Kalaam will continue its legacy of being an innovative and disruptive solution provider, which aims to make connectivity in the MENA region more competitive. This will provide a highly scalable alternative to carriers, CDNs, OTTs, Cloud Providers, Data centers and Enterprises to benefit from innovative solutions and enhanced communications experience,” Added Mr. Passi.
Kalaam Telecom deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform, equipped with WaveLogic coherent technology, to offer flexible bandwidth capacities over the KNOT network. The whole infrastructure is managed by the state-of-the-art micro-services based Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) SDN domain controller using open APIs, to provide 10G, 100G, 200G services and beyond over an Optical Transport Network (OTN).
“Working together with Kalaam Telecom, we will be building a world-class networking infrastructure, based on our WaveLogic coherent technology, that can dynamically scale and adapt to changing customer expectations and unpredictable traffic requirements,” said Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA at Ciena.
The KNOT system will increase route diversity across the Middle East by connecting Kalaam Telecom’s meshed transmission network across 12 countries, homing 16 Points of Presence (PoP) and further connecting the MENA region as a gateway through its POPs in Europe and Asia.
The cable is expected to go live in the fourth quarter of 2020.