A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was agreed to between Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) and the Water Regulator and will assist the parties' efforts in maximizing the benefit of water sector infrastructure to expand fiber optics coverage in the Kingdom.

Read more: Saudi to Expand Fiber Optics Coverage via Water Infrastructure

Khazna Data Centers (Khazna), the largest network of hyperscale data centers in the Middle East and North Africa region, announced its plan to enter the Egypt market with Benya Group, the leading integrated solution, digital transformation, and ICT infrastructure provider in Egypt and the MEA region.

Read more: Khazna Data Centers, Benya Group to Build Egypt’s First Hyperscale Data Center

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), Oman's first and leading integrated telecommunications services provider, announced the launch of a 400GbE DCI service utilizing Ciena's Data Center Interconnect solution. The service is designed to meet the rapidly rising connectivity demands of Omantel’s wholesale, cloud and content provider customers while delivering a superior customer experience through optimized performance.

Read more: Omantel Launches Middle East’s First 400GbE DCI Service With Ciena

To finally close the transaction with CK Hutchison in the UK, in accordance with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) regulatory approval, Cellnex Telecom has agreed on the disposal of approximately 1,100 sites with Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG).

Read more: Divestment of Cellnex’s 1,100 Existing UK Sites on Track for Year-End

State-owned telecom firms in China are developing a $500 million undersea fiber-optic internet cable network to compete with a similar US-backed project, according to four people involved in the deal. The proposed EMA (Europe-Middle East-Asia) cable would connect Hong Kong to China's island province of Hainan and connect to Singapore, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and France.

Read more: China to Connect Europe, Middle East and Asia via $500 Million Subsea Cable

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has signed an agreement with a joint venture between Integrated Telecom Company LLC (Salam) and Telecommunications Towers Company Ltd. (TAWAL) to provide telecommunications services to the first phase of the Diriyah project.

Read more: Salam, TAWAL to Provide Telecom Services for Diriyah Project

Nokia is providing optical upgrades to Gulf Bridge International (GBI) to increase GBI’s international network capacity ahead of the World Cup, enabling high-speed connectivity between Doha, Qatar and Milan, Italy.

Read more: Nokia Enhances GBI’s Optical Network Capacity Between Middle East and Europe

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