Kalaam Telecom, a leading managed solutions provider for business across GCC and international markets, announced its partnership with Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), to launch Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), a new fiber-optic terrestrial international cable system that enhances regional and international connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The KNOT terrestrial Fiber-optic cable system will span over 1,400km, providing capacity of 12.8 terabytes (tbps) and beyond, with lowest latency connectivity to the MENA region. The network expansion project will benefit local, regional and global customers to seamlessly connect to & from Bahrain to other GCC countries and further towards Europe and Asia regions. This will also provide opportunities to businesses in Bahrain to open up new data routes which can be tailored to meet their connectivity needs.
Veer Passi, CEO of Kalaam Telecom said, “Kalaam chose to invest in this multi-million dollar network expansion to support the Kingdom of Bahrain’s vision toward positioning Bahrain as a major ICT, Cloud and innovation hub in the MENA region.
“With the launch of KNOT, an open cable system, Kalaam will continue its legacy of being an innovative & 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
The KNOT cable will support large corporates & enterprises in Bahrain in expediting their journey of digitization of business process. Being an AWS & Microsoft cloud partner, this will enable Kalaam to provide very fast, secure and cost effective communication from Bahrain to other GCC countries & Cloud data centers, boosting Bahrain as a hub for innovative services. The cable will go live in Q4-2020.
Eng. Ahmed AL-Ebrahim, CEO of GCC Interconnection Authority commented: “I’m delighted to be able to announce the commercial agreement with Kalaam telecom – an achievement that will provide tangible benefits for all consumers, businesses and industry and is a further proof point of how GCCIA fiber network is the preferable network in the Gulf.