Kuwait plans a new undersea cable
New cable to offer 10 times the capacity of the existing communications system
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Communications (MoC) has signed a contract with a global communications company to install a new undersea cable which will provide faster, more efficient telecom communications between Kuwait and three other Gulf nations of UAE, Qatar and Bahrain, states a Kuwait Times report.
The newspaper also quoted Mohammad Al-Busairi, communications minister of Kuwait as saying that the new venture is the first step towards fulfilling the government's vision of turning Kuwait into a regional communications hub.
The minister also said that the new undersea deal will be replacing the existing cable first installed in the country in 1995, and the new cable is expected to offer ten times the capacity of its predecessor.
The new cable, which is to offer significantly improved communication levels, providing an STM speed of 252 compared to the older cable's 32, aims to meet the rising demands of Kuwait's private and public sectors.
The minister was also quoted saying that while the new deal is the first step, the Kuwait ministry also has plans to eventually provide a better communications network between Kuwait and East Asia, as well as Europe.