Arc to consult on Orient Express cable

Emergent has appointed Batelco and du joint venture Arc as the lead consultant for the Orient Express submarine cable.

Arc will provide consultancy services related to network configuration, tendering, supply contract negotiation and documentation, as well as overall project management for the Orient Express cable.

The Orient Express cable will directly connect the UAE and Pakistan, enhancing the bilateral commercial relationship between the two countries.

It will also fit into China’s belts and roads strategic trade policy initiative.

Once complete, the Orient Express cable will offer high-bandwidth capacity, internet services, and transit facilities with low latency.

Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO at Arc, said:

“We are proud to be supporting the first subsea cable system to connect Pakistan to the UAE directly.

“It is an opportunity to work closely with our partners and use our experience and expertise to make the Orient Express cable a success in the long-term.”

The 1,300km cable system will link between landing points in Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan, and Kalba in the UAE.

In Short, Arc’s mission is to simplify intra-regional connectivity in the Middle East for carrier, cloud, content and major enterprises.

It is led by a team of experts in data centre interconnection and ICT ecosystems in the Middle East.

“At Arc, we’re seeing tremendous interest in its business model with organisations of all kinds looking for a simpler way to connect and optimise applications and services in MENA,” said Faisal Qamhiyah, chairman at Arc.