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Kalaam Telecom Group has announced the launch of Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), a new fiber-optic terrestrial international cable system that enhances regional and international connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The KNOT terrestrial Fiber-optic cable system will span over 1,400km, providing capacity of 12.8 Terabits per second (Tbps) and beyond with lowest latency connectivity to the MENA region.

Given the cable is carried over an optical ground wire associated with a regional high-tension electricity network (GCCIA), it reduces the risk of cable cuts significantly, as is evident from the very high availability of the GCCIA network over the past 5 years. Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA at Ciena, said, “Working together with Kalaam Telecom, we will be building a world-class networking infrastructure, based on our WaveLogic coherent technology, that can dynamically scale and adapt to changing customer expectations and unpredictable traffic requirements.”

The new cable system provides route diversity across the Middle East by connecting our meshed transmission network across 12 countries, homing 16 Points of Presence (PoP) and further connecting the MENA region as a gateway through our POPs in Europe and Asia. The cable will go live in Q4-2020.

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