center3 & stc Bahrain to land the 2Africa Pearls Submarine cable system in Bahrain, connecting Arabian Gulf with Europe, Africa and Asia

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Riyadh, 16 February 2023: center3 and stc Bahrain have officially completed the marine survey for 2Africa Pearls in Bahrain, marking a significant milestone in the development of the overall 2Africa subsea cable project.

The 2Africa Pearls subsea cable is a unique transcontinental communication system that connects 33 countries through 46 landing locations, spanning across three continents, and positioning the Middle East at the center of operations.

Once completed, 2Africa Pearls will break records as the longest subsea cable ever deployed. Spanning over 45,000 km in length, the cable system will provide reliable connectivity and internet services across a number of vital landing locations in KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Pakistan, and India.

The landing in Bahrain signifies momentous technological progress for GCC nations. The cutting-edge technology offers exceptional connectivity speeds that have the potential to transform the regional and international communications sector. The unparalleled speed and reliability of the 2Africa Subsea cable will drive economic growth, encourage innovation, and enhance collaboration in the MENA region.

According to Fahad A. Alhajeri, CEO of center3: “Connecting 2Africa Pearls with Bahrain marks another significant accomplishment for center3. The project progress is critical to center3 in linking Asia, Africa, and Europe. center3 is dedicated to investing in communication infrastructure with the aim of offering exceptional connectivity to its customers and contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision. The 2Africa subsea cable is a vital step towards achieving this objective and solidifying center3’s position as a leading player in the region’s connectivity landscape.”

Eng Nezar Banabeela, CEO of stc Bahrain: “This is a landmark achievement for us and affirms stc Bahrain’s commitment to spearheading digital transformation and solidifies the region’s position as a regional ICT hub. Investments in this advanced network infrastructure will drive economic growth for businesses, serve industries that rely on the internet and enhance the living standards in the region. 2Africa Pearls will vastly increase the data backbone of Bahrain by 100x providing high-speed connectivity services that will accommodate the futuristic heavy data-demand.”

The subsea cable is built through a unique pioneering design that tackles a number of geological complications faced in the region and guarantees unmatched service stability for customers.



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