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EPEG The New Way

a Brand New Cable System
which links Europe with Middle East

EPEG is a system that has brought together a diverse range
of highly experienced international partners to build
a unique system that will improve telecommunications.

News

Omantel inks deal with Cable & Wireless, Rostelcom and TIC.

Omantel inked a deal in Tehran with three international telecom partners based in Iran, UK and Russia. This deal will enable a new Vexpress cable system which will eventually connect Frankfurt in Germany to UAE.

3.2 TbpsThe design capacity of the new EPEG
system will be up to 3,2Tbps.

3,000 kmAbout 3,000 shorter
compared to submarine
systems on the route

540 GbpsInitial capacity

About the project

On June 8th 2011 a consortium of four leading telecom carriers from four countries signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement for the new cable system — Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG). The new system with an initial capacity of 540 (54×10) Gbps was put in operation in December, 2012.

The EPEG becomes a brand new high capacity fiber optic cable system which links Europe with Middle East and a possibility of further extension to Gulf regional countries and India subcontinent.

The system passes from Frankfurt across Eastern Europe, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Persian Gulf to Barka, Sultanate of Oman. EPEG members Cable & Wireless, Rostelecom, Omantel, and TIC build and develop part of the network which operates through their own country. The route via Azerbaijan is organized on the basis of the capacity of the EPEG associated partner — Delta Telecom. The design capacity of the EPEG system is up to 3.2 Tbps with total length approx. 10,000 km, about 9,500 km is a terrestrial fibre cable.

The EPEG allows a telecommunication transit route alternative to the Red Sea, Suez Canal, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea regions and plays an important role for traffic re-routing in case of earthquakes and disasters, which have been known to affect multiple systems at once.

Partners

  • Cable&Wireless Worldwide

    Cable&Wireless Worldwide

  • Omantel

    Omantel

  • Rostelecom

    Rostelecom

  • Ministry of ICT. I.R. IRAN

    Ministry of ICT. I.R. IRAN

Partners about the Project

Pavel Zaitsev
Middle East is a strategic region for Rostelecom, — EPEG project is designed to meet the growing demand for telecommunication services in the Middle East and will increase the capacity of international backbone links for transit of voice and Internet traffic.

Pavel Zaitsev
Senior Vice-President at Rostelecom

Mahmoud Khosravi
The exceptional geographical position of Iran locating between two strategic telecommunications regions of Middle East and Europe as well as its international connections in twenty border points brings about a vast telecom potential for traffic transmission.

Mahmoud Khosravi
Managing Director at TIC

Dr. Amer bin Awadh Al-Rawas
EPEG is a system that has brought together a diverse range of highly experienced international partners to build a unique system that will improve telecommunications services and provide new opportunities for collaboration with our partners.

Dr. Amer bin Awadh Al-Rawas
CEO at Omantel

India and South East Asia are key Business Regions for Cable&Wireless Worldwide. Having very reliable connectivity between India, South East Asia and Europe is critical for the Cable&Wireless International Network in supporting our customer requirements.

Rick Perry
Vice President, International Network Planning at Cable&Wireless Worldwide

Technical Features

EPEG will be based on DWDM technology. Highest density, and most reconfigurable DTN-X (Infinera) and Alcatel 1626 LM (Alcatel-Lucent) transmission platforms will be used on the system.

3.2 Tbps

Design Capacity

540 Gbps

Initial Capacity

5%

Submarine PartTerrestrial Part

Short Route

Design latency
Frankfurt — Barka 91.97 ms RTD

9,430 km Total Distance

Long Route

Design latency
Frankfurt — Barka 98.51 ms RTD

10,100 km Total Distance

Services

Wholesale Capacity

EPEG consortium primarily sells bandwidth to wholesale carriers — 10 Gbps wavelength. A bandwidth can be purchased either as an Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU), or as a standard leases.

Media Center

EPEG project was run in Iran

EPEG project was run in Iran

Europe — Persian cable network Express Gateway was opened in Iran.

June 2nd 2013

Gulf States Turn to Iran, Russia for Internet

Gulf States Turn to Iran, Russia for Internet

The efficiency of the new EPEG terrestrial route to carry the Gulf states’ traffic to Europe is demonstrated by the Internet research agency Renesys — See more at: http://www.renesys.com/2013/04/gulf-states-turn-to-iran-russia-for-internet/

April 22nd 2013

Omantel inks deal with Cable & Wireless, Rostelcom and TIC

Omantel inks deal with Cable & Wireless, Rostelcom and TIC

Omantel inked a deal in Tehran with three international telecom partners based in Iran, UK and Russia.

This deal will enable a new express cable system which will eventually connect Frankfurt in Germany to Oman.

December 12th 2011

Azerbaijan’s joining to Europe Persia Express Gateway appointed

Azerbaijan’s joining to Europe Persia Express Gateway appointed

Omantel inked a deal in Tehran with three international telecom partners based in Iran, UK and Russia.

This deal will enable a new express cable system which will eventually connect Frankfurt in Germany to Oman.

December 12th 2011

Cable & Wireless: Installation is due to near future

Cable & Wireless: Installation is due to near future

The detailed design of the EPEG segment from the Russian/Ukraine border to Frankfurt has been completed and installation is due to commence in near future.

December 12th 2011

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