The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s position at the heart of the Middle East and is a hub in the submarine networks in Middle East region.
There are now 13 in-service submarine cable systems connecting Saudi Arabia, namely:
There are no new submarine cable systems under construction or planning. However , there are expectations of new submarine cables announcements in the year 2019 due high bandwidth demand & route diversity.
Jeddah Landing Station, Al Khobar Landing Station and Yanbu Landing Station are connected to each other through completed redundant terrestrial network.
As most of the existing submarine cables are landed at Jeddah due to easy onward connectivity from Asia to Egypt & Europe. There are advantages in having additional cables landed in new pieces of land elsewhere. As an example, SE-ME-WE-5 cable landed in Yanbu. Yanbu was selected as a SE-ME-WE-5 landing site for ease of connections to capital city Riyadh and Jeddah, as well as the fact that the seabed off its shore is very favorable for submerging the marine cable and could offer the necessary physical diversity.
Contributed by Abdul Ravoof