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  • ARC implements high speed connectivity between an initial four major data center locations in the region
  • Solution offers businesses high capacity and ultra-low latency for critical applications
  • ARC is deploying Nokia industry-leading IP/optical technology across the region

 

19 October 2021

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced it has been selected as the prime supplier by ARC Solutions to provide a high-capacity data center interconnection solution in the Middle East. The initial deployment, covering four major business locations, was deployed in a record time of six months to meet increasing traffic demands from ARC customers in the region.

ARC, a joint venture between UAE’s du and Bahrain’s Batelco, has deployed Nokia IP and optical solutions to provide high-capacity connectivity between SmartHub (UAE), datamena (UAE), GlobalZone (Bahrain) and Muscat MC1 (Oman). Network-centric organizations are able to benefit from seamless high-speed interconnection with a growing ecosystem of ICT platforms across the region, including local network providers, cloud providers and internet exchange platforms.

 

Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO of ARC, said: “The Nokia solution gives us the ability to offer our customers rich, reliable and secure connectivity over a purpose-built platform between all key Middle East data center locations. As a focused middle-mile network service provider, ARC is building a robust, resilient and flexible pan-regional data center interconnect network that will allow customers to connect their last mile solutions to the cloud and other service providers. The initial deployment across four key locations in the region was completed in record time with Nokia’s help during the period of COVID travel restrictions and supply chain challenges.”

 

Manuel Ortiz Fernandez, Senior Vice President of EMEA Webscale business at Nokia, said: “ARC has broad knowledge and deep experience serving some of the largest and most dynamic businesses in the Middle East. We are pleased that ARC has chosen to deploy our industry-leading IP/optical solution to bring high speed data center connectivity to its customers in the region.”  

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Customers can interconnect over Arc’s pan-regional platform to access hyperscalers, cloud and content providers, enterprises and carriers across the Middle East 

Dubai, UAE, 18 October 2021 – Arc Solutions has expanded its network footprint to Oman with presence in Equinix’s International Business Exchange™(IBX®) data center in Muscat. The expansion enables Arc to extend its flexible network-as-a-service solutions to a wider pool of local and global customers.

Arc’s presence in Oman is part of its regional expansion efforts to give its customers scalable solutions for growing across the Middle East. Oman has established itself as a significant communications hub in the Middle East, evident in the recently announced 2Africa submarine cable and the 9,800km Oman Australia Cable. Its deployment in Oman comes on the back of recently established SDN nodes in UAE as well as Bahrain. Customers can rapidly roll out new applications and services across Oman and beyond with a simple and seamless model. 

Equinix’s Muscat IBX data center (MC1) and Internet Exchange are strategically located in the heart of the digital ecosystem connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. This confluence of cable systems with carrier-neutral colocation, interconnection and peering has accelerated the growth of digital corridors linked with Oman during the four years 2016-2020.

 

“Working with partners in the Middle East is the foundation of our ability to deliver leading ICT solutions across the region and beyond. We are excited to be working closely with the Equinix team to enable accelerated innovation in the Middle East,” said Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO at Arc. “Arc is always keeping track of changing demands in the region directing our expansion to locations where we see a strong future demand. We look forward to continuing to bring a multitude of new opportunities to customers in the region through our ongoing expansion.” 

 

Equinix provides interconnection for industry-leading organisations across verticals including finance, manufacturing, mobility, transportation, government, healthcare and education in a cloud-first world. Earlier this year, Arc became part of the Equinix reseller and partner programme, enabling it to combine its connectivity solutions with access to Equinix’s rich ecosystem of over 1,800+ network providers, 2,900+ cloud providers and 10,000+ customers across 225+ data centers. 

 

“Equinix is committed to providing our partners and customers with a platform that enables them to rapidly scale their infrastructure, reach and connectivity on their digital transformation journeys,” said Kamel Al-Tawil, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Equinix. “Arc joins a growing list of Network, Cloud and Content service providers that are choosing Oman as they expand and unlock opportunities in the Middle East region, increasing their digital presence and interconnecting with important locations, cloud services and data that matter most to their businesses” he added.

Arc is utilising the growing opportunities in partnering with like-minded service providers to develop a gateway to the region’s evolving ecosystem, simplifying access to service providers and partners across the Middle East. Arc’s vision is a highly interconnected Middle Eastern market that accelerates how network-centric businesses optimise, grow and innovate in cloud, content and communications.  

 

About Arc 

Arc is a provider of integrated networking solutions that simplify connecting and optimising applications and services across the Middle East. Carriers, enterprises, cloud and content providers benefit from intelligent edge networking that delivers rapid access to networks, points of presence, data centre infrastructure and subsea cable systems. Arc puts customers and partners in control of their connectivity in the Middle East and enables them to seamlessly connect across the region’s commercial and communication hubs. Launched as an independent provider with investments from du and Batelco, the team at Arc are experts in connecting hubs in the region with experience in serving the largest and most innovative local and global businesses. It is no longer about having a single hub for the Middle East, but how fast you can connect hubs and grow your ecosystem across the region.  

 

We give you the edge in the Middle East. 

 

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Customers gain access to colocation, connectivity and interconnection via the highly secure, carrier-neutral digital business platform

 

Dubai, UAE, 17 August 2021 – Arc Solutions has expanded its network to Bahrain in the digital business platform Global Zone, following its vision to provide seamless access to growing connectivity and commercial hubs across the Middle East. Arc’s presence in Global Zone gives its local and global customers flexible and scalable colocation, connectivity and interconnection solutions in a key regional market.

 

The expansion in Bahrain follows the launch of Arc’s software-defined networking (SDN) nodes in datamena and Etisalat SmartHub data centres in June 2021. Arc’s customers can now connect to datamena and SmartHub in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Global Zone in Bahrain, with a single provider and contract. Arc’s roadmap includes further expansion across the Middle East planned for the latter half of 2021, with plans for over 20 locations in the region over the next three years.

 

“Our customers can rapidly roll out new applications and services across key digital hubs with a simple and seamless model. As more hubs come online, we’re delivering the solutions that remove the barriers to innovation across the Middle East and empowering customers with rapid access to connectivity and data centre services,” said Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO at Arc. “Our presence in Global Zone is another milestone on our journey and brings us closer to achieving our vision for a hyperconnected intra-regional connectivity platform.”

 

Global Zone is a carrier-neutral digital business platform based in a highly secured Tier III data centre in Bahrain. It offers terrestrial and subsea cable access services, IP Transit and global Ethernet, in addition to colocation and interconnection solutions. In April 2019, Batelco partnered with Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) to introduce Manama Internet Exchange (MN-IX) within Global Zone. Customers can peer and exchange traffic in a secure environment.

 

“We welcome Arc to Global Zone and look forward to enabling its customers to connect and grow in new markets. It is great to support a business with a unique vision for the market and ambitious plans for connecting the region. Together, we can support digital innovation and growth in the Middle East,” said Hani Askar, A/General Manager at Batelco. “Global Zone is continually adding new partners and expanding its ecosystem. Arc’s presence adds new options and increased choice for carriers, cloud and content players, and enterprises active in Global Zone.”   

 

Arc is simplifying intra-regional connectivity in the Middle East for carrier, cloud, content and major enterprises. Its intelligent regional network is designed to give customers rapid access to a rich ecosystem of networks and data centres across the region. Intra-regional connectivity can be complex and involves managing numerous service providers, navigating distinctive legal and regulatory frameworks, and aligning product and service characteristics to deliver a seamless customer experience. Arc is removing these complexities to provide rapid access to the connectivity and infrastructure that organisations need.

 

  

 

About Arc

 

Arc is a provider of integrated networking solutions that simplify connecting and optimising applications and services across the Middle East. Carriers, enterprises, cloud and content providers benefit from intelligent edge networking that delivers rapid access to networks, points of presence, data centre infrastructure and subsea cable systems. Arc puts customers and partners in control of their connectivity in the Middle East and enables them to seamlessly connect across the region’s commercial and communication hubs. Launched as an independent provider with investments from du and Batelco, the team at Arc are experts in connecting hubs in the region with experience in serving the largest and most innovative local and global businesses. It is no longer about having a single hub for the Middle East, but how fast you can connect hubs and grow your ecosystem across the region.

 

We give you the edge in the Middle East.

 

arcsolutions.me

 

About Global Zone

Global Zone is a carrier neutral digital business platform based on a highly secured Tier III Data Centre, which helps customers to operate their digital business in a secured environment. The platform facilitate traffic growth by serving both regional and international partners with the aim of creating a global data exchange that will act as a regional gateway to other parts of the world. This new concept will offer connectivity by serving as the regional carrier-neutral data transit-and-hub for the ever-growing data movement demands and allow service providers to meet in a robust ecosystem.

https://globalzone.bh/

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The partnership enables Arc and BSO customers and partners to seamlessly connect on-demand from any point to any point across their combined network footprint.


Dubai, UAE, 18th May 2021
 – Arc Solutions, a joint venture launched by du and Batelco, has signed an agreement with BSO, the leading global telecoms operator powering the digital age, to interconnect network footprints in the Middle East and around the world. The partnership enables Arc to seamlessly deliver networking solutions across BSO’s evolving global ecosystem, and BSO to expand its presence in the Middle East with Arc’s local knowledge and expertise.


Arc and BSO share a common goal to make the ordering, provisioning and management of global connectivity as seamless as possible for customers. This agreement is the first step in integrating the companies’ geographically complementary footprints and providing customers with on-demand networking via a unified platform.


“The partnership enables our local customers to rapidly turn-up services across a resilient and low-latency global network. They gain immediate access to international digital hubs and have the freedom to connect and grow in new markets with a consistent user experience. We are excited to be working BSO, who share our vision for seamless connectivity delivered with expert local knowledge. This agreement is testament to the strong relationship and shared objective that we have with BSO,” said Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO at Arc. “We believe that this is an impactful first step in a broader partnership, and we are excited to grow together.” 


BSO’s network seamlessly connects 240 data centres and local exchanges in 33 countries across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. It offers ultra-low latency connectivity to global financial hubs as well as cloud on-ramps, hosting and managed services. Arc and BSO’s customers and partners can rapidly connect on-demand to and from any point over the companies’ combined footprint, with extended reach, capabilities and growth opportunities.


“The Middle East is home to some of the most dynamic and rapidly transforming markets in the world. Our partnership with Arc gives us an immediate competitive advantage with its local knowledge and network presence. We see this as an opportunity to expand in the region while enabling Arc’s customers to benefit from ultra-low latency networking across the globe,” said Michael Ourabah, CEO at BSO. “Together with Arc, we are combining technical expertise with local knowledge to deliver new and unique capabilities in some of the fastest growing markets in the world. This an opportunity to create new value for customers and grow with a unique and trusted partner.” 


Arc enables BSO to expand its presence in markets like the UAE, Oman, Pakistan, Djibouti, Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt. As a regional intelligent network provider, Arc’s vision is a highly interconnected Middle Eastern market that accelerates how network-centric businesses optimise, grow and innovate in cloud, content and communications.

 


About Arc Solutions


Arc is a provider of integrated networking solutions that simplify connecting and optimising applications and services across the Middle East. Carriers, enterprises, cloud and content providers benefit from intelligent edge networking that delivers rapid access to networks, points of presence, data centre infrastructure and subsea cable systems. Arc puts customers and partners in control of their connectivity in the Middle East and enables them to seamlessly connect across the region’s commercial and communication hubs. Launched as an independent provider with investments from du and Batelco, the team at Arc are experts in connecting hubs in the region with experience in serving the largest and most innovative local and global businesses. It is no longer about having a single hub for the Middle East, but how fast you can connect hubs and grow your ecosystem across the region. 


We give you the edge in the Middle East.


arcsolutions.me


About BSO


BSO is a global telecoms operator powering the digital age. 17 years of innovation, independence and pioneering spirit underpin its customer relationships – trusted partnerships with technology-empowered companies that are embracing global opportunities, scaling rapidly and outperforming competitors.


From trading firms at finance’s bleeding edge to high-growth businesses where network performance, reach, diversity and exceptional 24/7 support define success, BSO delivers every time. One of the world’s largest privately-owned telecom companies by PoP count. An unrivalled international footprint. Extensive expertise in difficult-to-access regions and emerging markets. A team listening intently to every customer’s unique needs. A broad spectrum of shared and dedicated services, unmanaged to fully managed. An uncontested consulting-led approach.


This bespoke intelligent infrastructure, incomparable speed, unmatched service, experience and state-of-the-art technology is what makes BSO a passionate partner rather than a transactional provider. www.bsonetwork.com

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has some of the most advanced and ambitious digital transformation initiatives in the world, yet there is still room for growth in cloud adoption.

According to Gartner, the MENA region is not expected to reach the level of cloud usage that the United States had in 2017 until the end of 2022. At the same time, analyst firm IDC estimates that the MENA region is worth $2.2 billion to cloud vendors, with that number expected to increase by 24% yearly on average to reach approximately $5 billion by 2022.

The region is ready to embrace cloud, but how are we going to get there from here? Here at Arc, we’ve developed our first eGuide to provide more information about how to accelerate the cloud market in MENA.


Read Our eGuide here:    
                                                   



Overcoming New Cloud Complexity

Today cloud-centric businesses face an increasingly complex ICT ecosystem. “Cloud computing” or “cloud” is simply the on-demand delivery of computing resource, but how that is applied within business operations is becoming increasingly diverse.

It’s important for organisations to address these challenges and look at new models for connecting and optimising applications and services. They need the freedom and flexibility to connect and grow wherever their users are, with a simple and efficient approach.

In our eGuide, you can learn five ways that cloud-centric businesses can support the growth of cloud in MENA and ensure the success of cloud adoption in their organisations. It’s all about building simplicity and agility into operations, going beyond borders, and upskilling in the cloud.


Adaptability for the Future


By adopting new infrastructure models, cloud-centric businesses will be ready to rapidly serve growing demand. They can seamlessly enter new markets with connectivity and data centre infrastructure in place to support them.

At Arc, our vision is a highly interconnected Middle Eastern market that accelerates how network-centric businesses optimise, grow and innovate in cloud, content and communications.

Download our eGuide to learn how to take action today to serve the demands of tomorrow with new adaptability, responsiveness and agility.

You can also get in touch to book a meeting with us, and learn more about how we can provide rapid access to a rich ecosystem of networks and data centres across MENA.

We are giving you the edge in the Middle East.

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