Aqua Comms has lined up the one key bit that every subsea cable between Europe and India needs in place before truly getting things moving for the Europe Middle-East India Connect 1 cable system. They have signed an agreement with Telecom Egypt to make the hop between the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
EMIC-1 will land in Port Said on the Mediterranean and in Ras Ghareb in the Gulf of Suez at the northern end of the Red Sea. Those two landing stations will be connected over two diverse terrestrial routes adjacent to the Suez Canal as well as a new third path along the canal itself. Between Suez and Ras Ghareb the system will also be able to leverage the Red Sea Festoon path. Gaining a crossing and landing agreement with Telecom Egypt is a significant boost to the cable’s likelihood of completion.
EMIC-1 envisions connections between Genoa, Marseille, and Barcelona in southern Europe with Salalah in Oman and Mumbai in India. Plans call for RFS in Q1 of 2024, so just a year and a half away. It will be Aqua Comms’ first foray beyond the North Atlantic and North Sea, something they probably wouldn’t have gone for until they were bought by Digital 9 Infrastructure last year.
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