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Nokia & ARC deploy data centre interconnection in Middle East


ARC Solutions selected Nokia to provide a high-capacity data centre interconnection solution in the Middle East.

A joint venture between UAE’s du and Bahrain’s Batelco, ARC has deployed Nokia IP and optical solutions to provide high capacity and ultra-low latency connectivity for critical applications across four major business locations: SmartHub (UAE), datamena (UAE), GlobalZone (Bahrain) and Muscat MC1 (Oman).

The initial deployment took six months, driven by the need to meet increasing traffic demands from ARC customers in the region.

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 centre locations. As a focused middle-mile network service provider, ARC is building a robust, resilient and flexible pan-regional data centre 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 centre connectivity to its customers in the region.” 

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