MTN Group Selects Etisalat SmartHub to Extend Regional Network Reach

MTN Group is extending the reach of its regional networks with Etisalat’s SmartHub, a global communications hub facilitating direct routing of traffic between the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The operator will connect through the hub at Fujairah CLS to expand its advanced data network capabilities.

Etisalat’s SmartHub provides advanced content, IPX, IX and high speed data services for its customers in the UAE and the region. The new partnership will also enable MTN Group to connect via a new route to Europe, beneficial to its large customer base in the Middle East.

Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services, Etisalat, said: “SmartHub is designed to provide our partners with a one stop shop for connectivity to the region. This partnership puts UAE in the limelight as the regional hub for telecom services.”

Jyoti Desai, Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, MTN said: “Etisalat’s Smarthub allows us to provide advanced communication services to our customers in the Middle East and Africa. The rising significance of UAE’s strategic position as the communication network hub for the Middle East and Africa region underpins the importance of this partnership in our expansion plan.”