A partnership between four regional operators will allow for better Internet connectivity within the region. du, along with Zain, Zajil and Vodafone Qatar announced a partnership to launch a land based high-speed terrestrial network. MEETS (Middle East-Europe Terrestrial System) is a 1,400 kilometer fibre optic network that will link Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait that have previously relied on undersea cables for connectivity. The initial capacity of MEETS is 200 gigabits per second and it is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2014.
Currently, data traffic between the Middle East and Europe is routed though undersea cables in Egypt. Anyone living in the region is familiar with cable cuts that disrupt Internet connectivity. MEETS wants to solve this problem by ultimately extending the network into Iraq and Turkey which will provide a full terrestrial fibre link to Europe.
Source: The National