MEAN Gateway (MG1) is a world-class Tier IV Data Center located in Jeddah, owned and operated by STC, the incumbent operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the largest operator in the MENA region.

Located in Jeddah, a natural spot for with various subsea cables connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, MEAN Gateway (MG1) takes the advantage of strategic location in the Middle East, accessing to the most reliable and diverse connectivity in the region with a variety of access options:

  • Access to markets in GCC countries.
  • Access to global markets in the East and West via a variety of sub-sea cables.
  • Access to IP transit through Tier I Internet providers with low latency and high reliability.
  • Direct termination to the KSA market.

 

According to the Saudi Arabia's Vision for 2030 (Saudi Vision 2030) issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in 2016,  KSA is keen to persist its leadership in investment and economic growth in the Middle East region, reduce dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism.

Being the spearhead national carrier, STC enables the communication platforms of Saudi Vision 2030. This includes continuously upgrading the national and international infrastructure to support competitive open access models, international bandwidth growing demand, innovative 5G and IoT applications not only in KSA but also to ensure serving the requirements of the rest of the region.

STC established Mena Gateway (MG1) data center and JEDIX in the MG1, as a “Data and connectivity hub” for both capacity and IP. 

STC has participated in the 2Africa, the largest subsea cable projects in the world running 37,000 Km long, connecting Europe, Middle East, and 16 countries in Africa. The 2Africa subsea cable will be integrated with MG1, and will provide internet capacity and reliability across much of Middle East and Africa countries supporting the growth of 4G, 5G, and fixed broadband access for hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses.

In addition to 2 Africa, STC is participating in major plans to develop multiple new infrastructure capabilities with multiple regional reaches, while upgrading existing assets. Among these plans is building direct terrestrial network access into Oman, a new subsea cable into the red sea and reaching the border with Jordan.

In December 2018, London Internet Exchange (LINX) and STC entered into a strategic partnership to form a new Internet exchange point in Jeddah, JEDIX

Built on a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure MENA Gateway(MG1), JEDIX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform, linking global networks, network operators and content providers from right across the GCC region.