Telecom Egypt and Orange Jordan have announced what is described as a strategic collaboration agreement to create a reliable terrestrial system connecting Iraq to Europe through Jordanian and Egyptian territories.
The new system will be known as the Cairo Amman Baghdad (CAB) System. It will support both operators’ plans to expand their presence in the Middle East market in general, and in the Iraqi market in particular.
The partners say that the CAB System will benefit from Telecom Egypt’s position, worldwide assets, and facilities, as well as Orange Jordan’s diversified Jordanian infrastructure.
As for Iraq, the two firms say that, to meet Iraq’s expanding market demand, Telecom Egypt and Orange Jordan’s differentiated and powerful networks will be integrated to provide dependable, low-latency internet access services via highly resilient, varied routes.
The CAB System will be operational in the third quarter of 2022.
According to the Iraqi News website, Thierry Marigny, CEO of Orange Jordan, calls the CAB System “a true game-changer for creating new routes reaching the Iraqi market", while Adel Hamed, Telecom Egypt’s managing director and CEO says: “We are pleased to be part of this new solution in collaboration with Orange Jordan. The new CAB System will enrich user experience for the Iraqi market by serving it through a new, highly resilient, and completely diverse route.”
This is the second deal between Telecom Egypt and an Orange company in as many weeks. As we reported at the time, Telecom Egypt has signed a five-year national roaming deal with Orange Egypt.