Arc simplifies and accelerates regional connectivity to datacenter hubs across the Middle East

29 October 2019 – Arc was launched to simplify connectivity across hubs in the Middle East with interconnected data centre solutions. Carriers, cloud and content providers and enterprises will benefit from rapid access to networking and data centre infrastructure across the region, with a single platform, contract and experience.

Arc was developed with investments from du (EITC), UAE and Batelco, Bahrain, and will directly address the need for seamless regional connectivity that can offer optimised digital experiences. It is bringing cloud, content and communications to the edge and closer to users across the Middle East. As an initial phase, Arc is connecting over 30 points of presence, integrating data centres in the UAE and Bahrain, and connecting terrestrial and submarine cable systems.

“The challenge for network-centric businesses in the Middle East is to rapidly connect, optimise and control their services while having presence as close as possible to users,” said Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO at Arc. “For too long, it has been costly, complex and time-consuming to roll out applications and services across markets in the Middle East. Arc directly addresses this challenge and provides a seamless platform for connecting across borders, similar to what we have seen in other regions around the globe.”

Arc is working with carriers, data centres, cloud and internet exchange (IX) partners across the region to continually expand its reach and grow across markets. It enables customers to build flexible and agile network ecosystems and deliver exceptional digital experiences to end users.

“Today’s ICT market is all about agility and experience. It’s about seamlessly connecting hubs and growing your ecosystem across the region,” said Ananda Bose, Board Member Arc & Chief Wholesale & Corporate Officer at EITC. “We’re proud to be investing in Arc and supporting an innovative business that will ultimately benefit the region and the entire value chain, from carriers through to end users.”

Arc delivers easy access to a comprehensive suite of connectivity and data centre solutions and services. Operating at the internet’s edge, users benefit from ultra-low latency, secure and high-performance connectivity.

“For digital transformation and cloud adoption to grow in the Middle East, it needs to be simpler to connect and host solutions at the edge of the network,” said Adel Dalyami, Board Member Arc and Chief Global Officer Batelco Global. “We are excited to invest in Arc and accelerate innovation across the Middle East. Arc supports a range of customers with an all-in-one solution that includes global points of presence, world-class data centres, multiple subsea cable systems and all major hubs across the region. Arc is a powerful yet simple solution that has been long overdue in the Middle East.”

About Arc

Arc is a new company that puts customers and partners in control of their connectivity in the Middle East, by enabling them to seamlessly connect across the region’s commercial and communications hubs. Launched as an independent provider with investments from du and Batelco, Arc has a team of experts in navigating the Middle East’s ICT market, with experience in serving the largest and most innovative local and global businesses. Arc provides a single platform for developing agile network ecosystems and gives customers and partners rapid access to networks, points of presence, data centre infrastructure and subsea cable systems across the region.

We believe 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.

About du

Operating under the steadfast umbrella of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), du is an integral driver of the UAE’s economic, social and digital transformation. Thriving on digitally innovating all facets of the contemporary telecom experience, we touch the lives of millions of customers everyday as a dedicated enabler of connectivity, continuity and growth across consumer and enterprise segments. Whether delivering state-of-the-art Smart City infrastructure, bespoke enterprise ICT solutions, government communications, secure data solutions, or the very best in home entertainment and value, we are a reliable telco and ICT player shaping the future of communication for a more connected tomorrow.

About Batelco

Batelco Group is headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain and listed on the Bahrain Bourse. Batelco has played a pivotal role in the country’s development as a major communications hub and today is the leading integrated communications’ provider, continuing to lead and shape the local consumer market and the enterprise ICT market. Batelco has been growing overseas via investing in other market-leading fixed and wireless operators.

Batelco Group has evolved from being a regional Middle Eastern operation to become a major communications company with direct and indirect investments across 14 geographies, namely Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Maldives, Diego Garcia, St. Helena, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands.