center3 by stc, a regional data center and data services provider, has announced a strategic collaboration with Oracle to provide hosting and data services for the planned Oracle Cloud Riyadh Region as well as support the expansion of the existing Oracle Cloud Jeddah Region. This will help accelerate the rollout of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services to support the increasing cloud computing demands of private and public sector organizations in Saudi Arabia.
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stc Group, an engine of digital transformation in the MENA region, announces that its ICT infrastructure subsidiary, TAWAL, has signed an agreement to acquire United Group’s telecommunications tower assets.
Telecom Egypt, the country’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cable operators in the region, and the St. Helena Government (SHG) have announced that the connectivity of the Island via the Equiano subsea cable system is now live. St. Helena is now connected to the rest of the world for the first time, marking a crucial step towards the Island’s economic growth.
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.
Integrated Telecom Co. Ltd. (Salam) has teamed up with Khazzan Information Technology Co. (EDGNEX Data Centers by Damac) that designs, builds and operates data centers across the Kingdom, along with Cinturion Corp Ltd., a global provider of integrated submarine and terrestrial capacity-based network solutions, and Emaar, The Economic City (EEC), the master developer of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), to sign a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement in the area of Telecom & Digital Infrastructure while contributing to the Saudi 2030 Telecommunication Transformation Vision led by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT).
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.
Zain and Omantel have launched Zain Omantel International (ZOI), an unprecedented joint venture that will establish itself as the Middle East’s premier international wholesale services provider.
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.
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.
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.