Gulf to Africa (G2A) is the new Omantel project to realize a submarine network to bring the Middle East and Africa even closer. The initiative involves a partnership with Xtera Communications and the collaboration of Ethio Telecom, Golis Telecom and Telesom Company.
G2A, from the Gulf to Africa
Omantel, a top level Middle Eastern wholesale carrier, has recently announced a partnership with Xtera Communications for the implementation of its low latency network. The project is called G2A (Gulf to Africa) and will connect Salalah (Oman) with Berbera (Somaliland) and Bosaso (Portland) with submarine cables. Moreover, from Salalah a land cable will go to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) allowing G2A to interconnect with the other infrastructures managed by Omantel, some of which are “digital motorways” linking Asia, Europe and North America. If the planned deadlines are respected, the network will be ready for service at the end of 2016.
From a technical point of view, the connection will be equipped with the most advanced 100G technologies, with a capacity of 20 Tbit/s. “This new project,” underlined Jon Hopper, CEO of Xtera, “is a perfect example of our innovative solutions, flexible deployment of new submarine infrastructure and updating of existing cables.”
Omantel focuses on Africa
The objective of G2A is to connect more users in Africa, which is a promising, growing market, guaranteeing fast, efficient and secure connections at competitive prices. For Omantel there is a very clear strategic choice behind the initiative, explained by Vice-President Sohail Qadir: “This is the first step of our expansion in Africa. Oman, Somalia and Ethiopia, countries that are currently under-served, will soon be connected thanks to our network and will have access to all the content hosted by Omantel and the services between Europe and South East Asia.