Ooredoo Oman announced that the company has signed an agreement for the landing of the 2Africa cable system in Barka and Salalah, Oman. Ooredoo is constructing news Tier 3 data centres in Barka and Salalah,to be cable landing facilities for the 2Africa cable system.

The 2Africa cable system spans 45,000km, being the longest subsea cable system in the world, connecting 33 countries on three continents, Africa, Asia, and Europe, Ooredoo Group said in a press statement. The Oman landings will be part of the 2Africa Pearls, extending 2Africa’s connectivity in to the Gulf region.

The 2Africa consortium consists of Bayobab, center3, China Mobile International, Meta, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Group, and WIOCC. 

2Africa cable map


Prior to landing the 2Africa cable system in Oman, Ooredoo has landed SMW-5 and TGN Gulf in Oman, at its Qalhat Cable Landing Station near Muscat. Landing the 2Africa cable represents a further step in Ooredoo's vision to be the neutral partner of choice for landing submarine cable systems and supporting Ooredoo to become a truly global connectivity player in the coming years. 

The selected gateways for these landings are Salalah, emerging as a major new submarine cable landing hub in the southern part of Oman, and Barka, situated near Muscat.

Ooredoo Oman will undertake the development of a completely new build landing infrastructure for both Barka and Salalah, with a commitment to its maintenance in the coming decades. This new infrastructure will be entirely different from any other submarine cable system currently landing in Oman, ensuring robust connectivity and access for all operators in the country.

In March 2021, Ooredoo Oman launched its flagship Tier 3 data centre in Muscat, with a power capacity of 2.5 Megawatts.

Ooredoo Oman is constructing three new state-of-the-art Data Centres in Barka, Salalah and Sohar. Each of the new data centres will be rated as Tier 3 and have a capacity of more than 500 racks. The data centers in Salalah and Barka will be cable landing facilities for the 2Africa cable system.

Oman is a rising global telecoms hub in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The new data center facilities and new international subsea cable connectivity mark the progress towards achieving the objectives of Oman’s Vision 2040.