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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and Telecom today announced a strategic partnership through which the Indian firm will get the right to use -- and TE North, which stretches from to via

Airtel said that the partnership will enable it to diversify its global network to serve the massive growth in demand for data services, particularly in emerging markets across South Asia, and

The geographic location of on the Red and seas has enabled to connect more than 11 from the east and 13 from the west that are further linked with a cable corridor that has seven diversified routes across Egypt.

across countries and continents are transmitted through large sub-marine Greater access to various sub-marine cable system enhances data transmission capacity of a telecom operator's network.

"Airtel will get (Indefeasible Right of Use) on Submarine Cable (Cable) and Cable Systems," a joint statement from the two companies said.

has signed the deal with and Technology (OTMT) to purchase its stake in cable system -- an important route for Airtel which has operations across 14 African countries.

"In addition, Airtel will also take large capacities on a long-term basis on two new state-of-the-art (SMW5 & AAE1)," the statement said.

The SEA-ME-WE-5 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-5) cable system runs across 18 countries between and while AAE1 connects 20 countries between and Hong Kong including Thailand, Combodia, India, and Egypt.

"The partnership including MENA Cable and TE's network will be a good addition to our global network portfolio and provide us with a high quality and diversified new route to Western and the rest of the world.

"With the explosion of data usage in emerging markets, including and Africa, this asset will provide us a scalable and diverse high capacity highway to serve our customers,"Ajay Chitkara, Director and - Airtel Business said.

said: "Our reach and position as an international hub with tens of Tbps (terrabyte per second) lit capacity, makes us the partner of choice for Euro-Asian and Euro-African transit traffic.

"We are pleased to be able to sign the MoU with Airtel as well as to be able to bundle MENA's assets with existing assets of the TE network. We aim to come back to the market with more details on the MoU and its financial impact once the deal is closed."

Telecom Egypt has built its network through investments in all the major international including TE North, ALETAR, SEA-ME-WE-3, SEA-ME-WE-4, SEA-ME-WE-5, IMEWE, Gateway, and

In March, Airtel through its deal with acquired the ownership of the leg of GBI's India-Middle East-submarine cable picked up capacity on Middle East-Europe leg of GBI's cable system.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 18:40 IST
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