From Deserts to Glass Skyscrapers and Smart Cities: The Middle East and Africa Offer Growing Availability of Managed IP Service

J. Stradling

Summary Bullets:

  • Several very large global providers have both subsidiary presences and extensive partnerships in place to serve the MEA region.
  • ‘Smart city’ projects and verticals such as finance, construction, oil and gas offer growth potential.

Have you ever wanted to open a new presence in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) but baulked at the potential challenges and pitfalls in this diverse region?  In some cases, a satellite link might be the only option to connect, say, a research lab deep in East Africa.  In contrast, an information super-highway backed by very fast networks and sophisticated business and IT applications is available in new ‘smart cities’ in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.  The availability of QoS-backed connectivity and managed end-to-end IP service is growing in MEA, as global carriers are focusing considerable attention on the region due the potential for revenue growth, which far exceeds growth rates in more saturated and mature markets elsewhere (for example, Western Europe and North America).  Regional providers (such as MTN, Neotel, Gulf Bridge International, Gateway Business Africa, STC, Qtel and Zain) all have solid roadmaps and international partners that they are leveraging to provide international MPLS, backed by QoS and professional services. Continue reading “From Deserts to Glass Skyscrapers and Smart Cities: The Middle East and Africa Offer Growing Availability of Managed IP Service”