Etisalat ramps up UAE bandwidth

Etisalat has increased the number of 12STM1 links it uses to supply internet bandwidth to the UAE by 12, up to 49. By commisioning these links (its first on the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable), it has boosted the UAE’s bandwidth capacity by 7.5Gbps (gigabits per second).

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 11, 2006

Etisalat has increased the number of 12STM1 links it uses to supply internet bandwidth to the UAE by 12, up to 49. By commisioning these links (its first on the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable), it has boosted the UAE’s bandwidth capacity by 7.5Gbps (gigabits per second). According to Etisalat, the capacity it now has available is the highest offered by any single provider in the region and should both help fund the data growth of the internet in the UAE and help ensure that the service end customers’ receive is less affected by any future net disruptions (in that if one 12STM1 link goes down, there are more links available to re-route traffic through). The 12 new links added were commissioned on the new SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable, which is the third to be employed by Etisalat (alongside the SEA-ME-WE-3 and FLAG cable systems used to date). “The demand for increased bandwidth is being driven by our customers who have started to embrace the broadband culture,” explained the assistant general manager of Etisalat’s eCompany internet arm, Abdulla Hashim. “Etisalat’s focus on home broadband users with Al Shamil and SME businesses through the BusinessOne broadband service has created compelling alternatives for UAE consumers to choose an appropriate broadband service for their various needs.“ “The expansion will also cater to customers of EMIX (Emirates Internet exchange) which is the region’s leading internet hub,” Hashim added. “This increase in bandwidth is part of Etisalat’s commitment to support its customers by providing them with a world class infrastructure and adequate bandwidth capacity.” The executive VP of Etisalat’s carrier and wholesale division, Ali Amiri, added that by the end of this year Etisalat plans to increase its working capacity even further, to reach 10Gbps. The current capacity increase has been made, in part, in anticipation of consumer and enterprise uptake of what Etisalat claimed will be “new and innovative services”, which should be unveiled shortly in the UAE.

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