Telecom Egypt and SubCom, along with the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) partners, announced Wednesday the successful completion of IEX cable system’s landings in Egypt.

The IEX subsea system, which lands in Egypt at two cable landing stations -- Zafarana2 on the Red Sea and Sidi Kerir on the Mediterranean -- connects two seas and two continents over two diversified trans-Egypt terrestrial crossing routes.

The IEX subsea system is the fifth subsea to land in Egypt over the past decade and the tenth in terms of landings count. In addition, it is the first landing to take place at Sidi Kerir landing station and the fourth at Zafarana2

Upon completion, IEX will directly connect India (Mumbai) to Europe (Milan, Italy), improving diversity along the route and enabling partners to provide their customers with more advanced, high-capacity services to meet the growing global digital demand.

By securing a smooth, speedy and flexible local cycle of permits, approvals and landing related logistics, Telecom Egypt played a significant role in facilitating the landing of this new, significant cable connecting Mumbai to Europe in two major segments; with each segment designed for high-capacity transmission with 13 fiber pairs.

Telecom Egypt is providing IEX with landing facilities and support in Egypt, as well as new diverse terrestrial crossings between these facilities. On the other hand, SubCom was selected to engineer, manufacture, and deploy the 10,000km IEX system, which includes their space-division multiplexing (SDM) and Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) ROADM technology.

Being the nexus between three continents, and thanks to its extensive coastlines on both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt is the most reliable and trusted hub connecting Africa, Europe, and Asia. Building on its well-established history in the subsea cable industry and the country’s remarkable geography, Telecom Egypt continues to successfully provide unmatched crossing solutions to the international network of submarine cable systems.

Prior to the landing in Egypt, the IEX cable has landed in Italy and Djibouti.