Kalaam Telecom Group, a leading managed solutions provider for businesses across GCC and international markets, announced recently the launch of Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), a new fiber-optic terrestrial international cable system that enhances regional and international connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), in partnership with Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). The KNOT cable system will be fully owned and operated by Kalaam Telecom Group.

Kalaam Telecom Lauches KNOT in MENA


The KNOT terrestrial cable system will span over 1,400km, providing capacity of 12.8 Tbps and beyond with lowest latency connectivity to the MENA region. Given the cable is carried over an optical ground wire associated with a regional high-tension electricity network (GCCIA), it reduces the risk of cable cuts significantly, as is evident from the very high availability of the GCCIA network over the past 5 years.

According to Veer Passi, Group CEO of Kalaam and Tawasul Telecom, Kalaam has chose to invest in this multi-million-dollar network expansion project to sustain the ever-growing demand for data connectivity and business applications to and from the MENA region. The new state-of-the-art KNOT terrestrial cable system will be an upgradeable optical transport network, and fully owned and operated by Kalaam Telecom Group. With the launch of KNOT, an open cable system, Kalaam will continue its legacy of being an innovative and disruptive solution provider, which aims to make connectivity in the MENA region more competitive. This will provide a highly scalable alternative to carriers, CDNs, OTTs, Cloud Providers, Data centers and Enterprises to benefit from innovative solutions and enhanced communications experience.

Kalaam Telecom has selected Ciena as network equipment supplier for the KNOT cable system.

The KNOT cable system is powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent technology, to offer flexible bandwidth capacities. The whole infrastructure is managed by the state-of-the-art micro-services based Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) SDN domain controller using open APIs, to provide 10G, 100G, 200G services and beyond over an Optical Transport Network (OTN).

The KNOT cable system provides route diversity across the Middle East by connecting Kalaam Telecom's meshed transmission network across 12 countries, homing 16 Points of Presence (PoP) and further connecting the MENA region as a gateway through Kalaam Telecom's POPs in Europe and Asia.

The KNOT cable system is expected to go live in Q4-2020.

KNOT and PoPs of  Kalaam Telecom
KNOT Cable System and PoPs of Kalaam Telecom