Telecom Egypt to extend Medusa cable

29 September 2023

Telecom Egypt has signed a partnership agreement with Medusa Submarine Cable System to extend the Medusa submarine fibre optic cable to the Red Sea.

Medusa will land in the Egyptian city of Port Said by the end of 2025. Telecom Egypt will then use its extensive terrestrial network to extend the 8,760km cable to landing stations in Suez, Zafarana and Ras Ghareb, on the Red Sea.

This new agreement comes approximately 18 months after Telecom Egypt signed an agreement with pan-African broadband connectivity provider AFR-IX Telecom for the landing of the Medusa cable in Egypt. The infrastructure is expected to enable essential connections between Morocco, Portugal, Spain, France, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt. It will provide a total capacity of 480Tbps. Its construction began last July.

The initiative constitutes another step for Telecom Egypt which aims to be an international benchmark in the provision of connectivity services, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region. Taking advantage of its unique position between Africa, Europe and Asia, the company attracts collaborations with the main players in the sector regarding international infrastructures such as submarine cables or data centres. The historic operator is the partner of choice for the deployment of submarine cables for more than 160 companies.

“This new agreement provides additional connectivity solutions and increases the diversity of submarine cable infrastructure reaching the Red Sea, marking an important milestone in the industry,” said Mohamed Nasr, general director of Telecom Egypt.