Telecom Egypt and AFR-IX Telecom have signed a landing party agreement for the landing of the largest Mediterranean submarine cable system, Medusa, in Egypt. The agreement was signed during the Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona by the Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt, Mr. Adel Hamed and Norman Albi, CEO of AFR-IX Telecom and Medusa.

Medusa is planned to connect the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, spanning 8,760km, with 24 fiber pairs and a capacity of 20 Tbps per fiber pair. The cable will have 16 landing points in several Mediterranean countries, such as Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Algeria, France, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, and Egypt.

 

Medusa cable route
Medusa cable route, Source: AFR-IX

 

Telecom Egypt is providing the international community with state-of-art infrastructure across Egypt and the globe to over 140 landing points in more than 60 countries. The company has invested extensively in its submarine cable infrastructure, which is the shortest and most reliable crossing path between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Additionally, Telecom Egypt is working on multiple layers of its infrastructure diversity, such as establishing new submarine landing stations and crossing routes as well as investing in new systems and solutions that cater for the rising global demand for international bandwidth.

Medusa is a new generation submarine cable and follows the open cable standard. As such, the project aims to respond to the current challenges of submarine connections, which are establishing new routes to diversify and decongest data traffic, gaining capacity with greater number of fibers per cable, and promoting open access to all European landing stations.