Jordan Telecom buys bandwidth from UAE

Emirates Internet Exchange (EMIX), Etisalat’s internet connectivity provider, has struck a deal to supply 155Mbps of bandwidth to Jordan Telecom to satisfy growing demand for multimedia services.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  May 12, 2003

Emirates Internet Exchange (EMIX), Etisalat’s internet connectivity provider, has struck a deal to supply 155Mbps of bandwidth to Jordan Telecom to satisfy growing demand for multimedia services.

The agreement, officially signed this morning at Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, will see STM-1 level, 155Mbps global connectivity supplied to Jordan Telecom via trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic routes, based on submarine cables from FLAG and Sea-Me-We3.

The deal is geared towards satisfying demand for reliable links to support Jordan Telecom’s preparations for next generation networks, and increasing internet penetration in the Kingdom. The operator launched broadband services in Jordan in late 2001.

The move also boosts EMIX’s plan to become the main transit centre for bandwidth demanded by ISPs and carriers in neighbouring countries in the Middle East and Africa.

The company currently has customers in Kuwait, Oman, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Iran and Pakistan, served through links to network access points (NAPs) in Europe and the US.

“This deal means that Jordan Telecom will become on of EMIX’s biggest customers,” says Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi, acting president and chief executive officer of Etisalat.

“We see a very bright future because we are dealing with a developing market with low internet penetration, which will experience substantial growth over the next few years,” adds Al Qadi.

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