Zain Global Connect (ZGC), its wholly-owned subsidiary of Zain Global, has announced that it’s investing in the development of a submarine cable that will connect the Middle East with Europe through the J2M (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Marseille, France).
Jeddah will become the cable landing station for the Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) cable system.
The subsea cable will also provide Zain with full operational independence and a genuine critical factor capable to foster digital transformation initiatives in the region, particularly for cloud and IoT services.
The J2M will be ready for service in early 2023 with Zain Saudi Arabia as the cable landing party.
“J2M represents a breakthrough for Zain and ZGC as we look to develop our wholesale capabilities further while ensuring an even better quality of service to all Zain operations offering international connectivity services," said Kamil Hilali, CEO, ZGC.
The PEACE cable system is a 15,000km, privately owned cable system that provides open, flexible, and carrier-neutral services for its customers. It has been designed with 200G transmission and WSS ROADM BU technologies, which provide the capability to transmit over 16Tbps per fibre pair.
According to the company, the PEACE cable system substantially reduces network latency by adopting the shortest direct route connectivity, providing cost-effective capacity in an economically growing region and enhancing route diversity between Asia, Africa, and Europe.