Telecom Egypt provides Google with layer 3 mesh network solution

Mohamed Alaa El-Din
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Adel Hamed, TE's Managing Director and CEO

Telecom Egypt (TE) has signed an agreement with Google to provide the latter with layer 3 mesh network solution.

The agreement will be applied to several of TE’s redundant and resilient network infrastructure across Egypt.

As part of the agreement, Google will also be provided with capacity on TE’s Mediterranean submarine cable, TE North. The project is expected to go live in the first half (H1) of 2021.

The mesh project connects several cable landing stations in the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea over diverse routes, and will increase the reliability of Google’s international transit traffic, providing an elevated level of robustness.

TE’s network can reroute traffic as needed in less than 50 milliseconds, and will also offer high quality availability features with an SLA portal.

Mark Sokol, Senior Director of EMEA Infrastructure at Google Cloud, said, “We are pleased to have signed this agreement with TE, as it will enhance Google’s global network resilience via Egypt and we look forward to a continued mutually beneficial engagement.”

Adel Hamed, TE’s Managing Director and CEO, said, “This agreement comes in line with our strategy to solidify Egypt’s position as an eminent digital hub that connects continents using TE’s resilient, multi-routed, and low-latency mesh network that spans the Mediterranean Sea, crosses Egypt, and extends to Singapore.”

He added, “It is our sincere pleasure to work with Google and support its mission to increase the reliability of its traffic regionally.”

Hisham El Nazer, Google Egypt’s Country Manager, said, “With internet penetration accelerating rapidly in Egypt, enhancing the capacity of transit traffic will unlock significant usage potential.”

El Nazer also said, “We thrive to offer our users a better experience through improved connectivity in Egypt, and across the globe.”

Seif Mounib, TE’s Deputy Executive Director for International Affairs and Operators, said, “We are delighted with our cooperation with Google that came in result of our continuous efforts to upgrade our network.”

“Despite the hardships brought about by the global pandemic in 2020, we succeeded to enhance our international IP transit infrastructure, to better serve our global customers,” Mounib added, “This year, we built two landing stations connected over diverse terrestrial routes, bringing the total to 10 stations in the Red and Mediterranean Seas, and 10 terrestrial crossing routes across Egypt.”

TE, which is also one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region, offers the global telecom community access to abundant international capacities with the lowest latency. In addition, the telecoms provider offers the shortest, most efficient protected path from Africa and Asia to Europe, building on Egypt’s distinctive geography at the heart of the world, and TE’s continuous and extensive network revamps.

The company’s advanced infrastructure and its capabilities has led it becoming the partner-of-choice for many international telecoms players over the years.

TE is working on multiple layers of its infrastructure diversity, such as establishing new subsea landing stations and crossing routes, as well as investing in new subsea systems and solutions. These have been put in place to cater for the wave of global demand for international capacities.

To maintain the high level of service availability, TE has developed its mesh network solutions that span the Mediterranean Sea, cross Egypt, and extend all the way to Singapore.


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