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Du and Wi-Tribe's Orient Express cable system to link UAE, Pakistan

EXCLUSIVE: Technical closure has been achieved and landing sites have been acquired for the project, official tells CW

Orient Express will link Pakistan and the UAE.
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Orient Express will link Pakistan and the UAE.

Dubai Financial Market-listed Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du) has collaborated with Islamabad-based internet service provider Wi-Tribe for the development of a 1,300km-long submarine fibre optic cable system — named Orient Express — between Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan, and Kalba in the UAE.

In a stock market missive, Du said that Wi-tribe Pakistan LDI, an HB International Investments company, was building the system.

Haris Hasan Khan, chief executive officer of Emergent Telecommunications, part of UK-based HB International Investments, told Construction Week that the company had invested $100m (AED367m) for the development of the marine fibre optic cable system, which also includes setting up data centre in Pakistan. 

Without revealing a timeline for the project’s completion, Khan told Construction Week that technical closure had been achieved on the project and landing sites had been acquired.

Khan said Orient Express would be the first cable system directly linking to UAE Internet Exchange (IX) from Pakistan, adding that it would help to drive capacities required for digital transformation in both countries. 

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

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