The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat inaugurated Wednesday (Oct. 26, 2022), “Red2Med” new submarine cable of Telecom Egypt. He was accompanied by Red Sea Governor Amr Hanafi and Telecom Egypt CEO and Managing Director Adel Hamed.

Red2Med runs from Ras Ghareb landing point in the Red Sea to the landing station in Port Said in the Mediterranean Sea through Internet Corridor of Egypt (ICE), the golden route in Morshedeen Road. The cable is the shortest, fastest and most secure way to transfer data between East and West. Red2Med is also a breakthrough in the cable routes between East and West and the connection between Africa, Europe, and Asia. This step enhances Egypt’s position as a global hub for data transmission and raises the efficiency of the international telecommunications infrastructure in Egypt.

Talaat listened to a detailed explanation from Telecom Egypt officials on the company’s future strategic plans to expand its international network through international submarine cables to connect East and West. They highlighted the significance of the Red2Med submarine cable, which runs from the Red Sea through Suez Canal to the Mediterranean.
 
The ICT Minister raised the Egyptian flag the moment the landing ship arrived at Ras Ghareb coastline, celebrating the successful landing of Red2Med.

Talaat highlighted that the inauguration of Red2Med marks one of Egypt’s milestones in international submarine cables. He added that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) seeks to leverage Egypt’s exceptional geographic location, a major strategic advantage for the country, as more than 90% of the data passing between East and West cross the Egyptian lands.
 
Talaat said that the establishment of the new cable and Morshedeen Road was a long-cherished dream of the ICT sector. The long-awaited project for 20 years has been implemented in a year, helping serve countries that rely on Egypt to transfer data and strengthen the country’s strategic position in this front.
 
The ICT Minister added that the efforts made to develop the information infrastructure helped boost Internet speed, placing Egypt at the forefront of African countries in the median fixed broadband speed.

For his part, Hamed stated that launching Red2Med is a remarkable achievement and a breakthrough in the submarine cables industry, as it cements Egypt’s position as a regional data hub. He added that Telecom Egypt is pleased to offer the new cable system, a brand-new optical path that will encourage and support better international connectivity. Red2Med is simply the most protected, fastest and shortest path, Hamed noted.

Hamed commended Telecom Egypt’s continuous achievements in extending its international infrastructure and continuously investing in new cable systems to increase its network reach and resilience, offering partners unmatched services and solutions.
 
Red2Med offers a new crossing solution composed of three segments which are detached from the conventional public roads: from the south the Red Sea subsea festoon cable linking Ras Ghareb, Zaafarana and Suez, then extending to the ICE terrestrial from Suez to Port said, and finally connecting to the planned Mediterranean Sea subsea festoon cable.

Red2Med Cable Route
Red2Med Cable Route

ICE is a 200 km, one-of-a-kind crossing route connecting the new Suez 2 and Port Said 2 landing stations. This new terrestrial fiber optic route runs through Morshedeen route on the west bank of the highly-secured Suez Canal campus.  The Red2Med system offers a seamless route and a brand-new optical path that will encourage and support better international connectivity between East and West, connecting Europe, Africa and Asia.

It is worth noting that Telecom Egypt made great strides over the past years toward developing its international and local infrastructure to retain its leading position in the Egyptian telecommunications market. At the same time, Telecom Egypt promotes Egypt’s strategic position in telecommunications, regionally and internationally.

The company invests heavily in the submarine cable infrastructure to provide the shortest and most reliable path to connect Asia, Africa, and Europe. It strives to leverage Egypt’s unique geographic location, reinforce its strategic standing as a regional and global focal point for data traffic, and strengthen its position as a hub connecting Africa and the Middle East to Europe, thus making Egypt a promising market for the ever-growing data center industry.

To achieve this goal, Telecom Egypt invested about $500 million during the past ten years to strengthen and develop the international infrastructure, including landing stations and land routes connecting them. The company also invested another $500 million within the same period to expand its network geographically by becoming a member of international alliances owning submarine cables crossing Egypt. Telecom Egypt’s total investments in infrastructure reached more than USD one billion during the last 10 years.

Telecom Egypt’s efforts culminated in several projects for developing the international communications infrastructure. They were opened by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi within the framework of Digital Egypt strategy. The projects included the international data center in Smart Village and landing stations in Ras Ghareb, Zaafarana and Sidi Kerir.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Assistant ICT Minister for Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Mohamed Nasr Eldin and officials from Telecom Egypt.

 

Source: MCIT, Egypt