Capacity - - Middle East -

Cisco has an­nounced its role to re­store and re­build the Iraqi Na­tional Back­bone, a multi-layer IP and op­ti­cal net­work that spans the long ter­res­trial route from Iraq to Turkey.

The Iraqi Na­tional Back­bone is a joint ven­ture be­tween Sym­phony and Earth­link JLT, reach­ing most ma­jor Iraqi cities. It will be avail­able to the pub­lic as the new of­fi­cial in­ter­net ser­vice provider (ISP) for Iraq.

“Cre­ative think­ing by the lead­ers of Sym­phony and Earth­link will soon be chang­ing the lives of the peo­ple of Iraq,” said Mike Weston, vice pres­i­dent, Mid­dle East, Cisco. “The ex­tended reach of the net­work and its ad­vanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties un­leashes the trans­for­ma­tional power of con­nec­tiv­ity and sets a solid foun­da­tion for achiev­ing Iraq’s de­vel­op­ment goals. With this pro­ject, Cisco fur­ther es­tab­lishes its lead­er­ship with IP and op­ti­cal net­works that re­quire multi-layer restora­tion and au­to­ma­tion, and its in­dus­try lead­ing per­for­mance in long haul ap­pli­ca­tions.”

The new net­work is an al­ter­na­tive to ex­ist­ing sub­ma­rine net­works that reached the Mid­dle East from Europe ei­ther via the Suez Canal, or by a longer route around the Horn of Africa. It will of­fer the high­est ca­pac­ity and low­est la­tency of any Europe-mid­dle East com­mu­ni­ca­tions so­lu­tion.

The new ter­res­trial route from the Kur­dis­tan re­gion of Iraq to Europe via Turkey also in­cludes new long haul routes to most of the ma­jor cities through­out Iraq. The Iraqi Na­tional Back­bone will soon be­come one of the long­est in­pro­duc­tion multi-layer restora­tion net­work en­vi­ron­ments in the world. The pro­ject is in the in­stall phase now and is ex­pected to of­fer com­mer­cial ser­vice in March of 2017.

Mike Weston: Cre­ative think­ing be­tween Sym­phony and Earth­link is the key

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