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Kalaam Carrier Solutions Wins “Best Middle East Wholesale Carrier” at the Global Carrier Awards 2022 London

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25 October 2022 – Manama, Bahrain – Kalaam Carrier Solutions (KCS), the Wholesale division of Kalaam Telecom Group, wins the “Best Middle East Wholesale Carrier Award” at the 18th annual Global Carrier Awards held in London. KCS, a strong unified brand that leverages the combined wholesale strength of Kalaam, Tawasul & Zajil Telecom delivers bespoke solutions for the carrier community creating a corridor for Asia-Pacific (APAC), US and European customers to connect seamlessly into the MENA region.

The Global Carrier Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in the telecom wholesale industry powered by Capacity Media. The awards celebrate the biggest accomplishments from across the industry over the last 12 months and this years’ event saw a record number of entries submitted from top international organisations in the telecoms, tech, and ICT space.

“This award is a huge achievement for Kalaam Carrier Solutions and a testament to the Group’s strategic expansion that caters to both regional enterprises and the global carrier community. With the new Class B license recently acquired in Saudi Arabia and a dedicated team on ground, Kalaam is undergoing major growth. By allocating significant investments in resources & infrastructure, we are expanding our capabilities to accommodate new data centres and more ISP licenses to be a strong regional player connecting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Middle East, Asia and the world.” said Kalaam Group Chairman, Nezar Al Saie.

“We are honoured to be winning the most coveted award amongst the biggest names in the telecommunication industry, in recognition of the brand’s vision to connect MENA to the world through a simplified and personalized approach.  We’ve grown from a humble ISP in Bahrain to one of the top three Digital Solutions Provider in the GCC crossing the coveted milestone of $100 million in revenue. We are very proud to be part of this exciting journey.” said Veer Passi, Group Chief Executive Officer at Kalaam Telecom.

KCS is constantly investing and expanding its core network for the global carrier community and currently covers 80% of the MENA region through its carrier neutral Points of Presence (PoPs) which enables simplified access to the region, supporting digital growth for carriers, Over-the-Top (OTT) providers, hyperscalers, large content providers and various industry verticals. The company is also a 100% owner of Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT) terrestrial cable system, a 1,400km cable asset connecting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on a low latency optical transport network (OTN) network.

“By launching Kalaam Carrier Solutions for the carrier business and consolidating the wholesale brands under one umbrella, the company is better focused to serve the global carrier community and be a one-stop service provider connecting the MENA region. The new unified brand leverages global expansion plans, to consolidate any future wholesale investments creating a single face for the carrier community.” said May Neama, Head of Marketing Communications at Kalaam Telecom.

About Kalaam Telecom

Kalaam Telecom (Kalaam) is a trusted digital solutions provider, serving SME’s, enterprise, telecoms carriers and wholesale telecoms businesses in the GCC. Headquartered in Bahrain, and with offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, and UK, Kalaam has pioneered ISP solutions, connectivity, and digital transformation in the GCC for over 16 years.

Kalaam provides a portfolio of cutting-edge digital solutions that are tailored to the needs of customers of all sizes in key markets and verticals across the region, including BFSI, education, government, hospitality, healthcare, retail and more.

Following the recent acquisition of Zajil, the combined entity operates a network of 53 Points of Presence (PoPs) across 25 countries. Kalaam’s fully owned terrestrial cable system, Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), which is spanning Kuwait, Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Qatar is now coupled with consortium ownership in undersea cable Europe-India Gateway (EIG), a 15,000 km international fiber-optic submarine cable system covering 12 countries from India and the Middle East to Europe. Through this extensive network, Kalaam is uniquely placed to serve international and regional telecom carriers and enterprises.

To know more about Kalaam Telecom Solutions log onto www.kalaam-telecom.com

 

Kalaam Telecom unifies Tawasul & Zajil Wholesale business under a new brand

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29, March 2022: Bahrain-headquartered Kalaam Telecom unifies the Wholesale business of the group including Tawasul Telecom, pioneering regional wholesale carrier provider and Zajil Telecom, Kuwait’s first ISP and region’s top connectivity service provider to make room for new growth opportunities.

Today at Capacity Middle East 2022, Kalaam unveils Kalaam Carrier Solutions. As the company seeks to enlarge its market clout and expand beyond GCC, this major consolidation of Zajil & Tawasul wholesale divisions is a game changer for Kalaam and adds to the growing dominance of the region’s fast-growing company.

Veer Passi, Kalaam Group CEO states, “from the launch of our terrestrial cable system (KNOT) covering GCC in 2021 to reinventing our carrier business model, over the past 5 years, Kalaam has been driving growth both organically and inorganically through M&A. As we integrate people, process, systems, it’s crucial we maintain a unified brand image to our carrier partners underpinning the combined strengths (53 PoPs, 3 Country Telecom Licenses) to be a trusted partner focused on supporting the global wholesale community with  simplified access to the MENA region”.

“Kalaam has always maintained a challenger mindset in the MENA region allowing it to be carrier neutral, consultative solution driven and be a first choice for carrier based on customer experience, which is what we are very proud of. Like every region MENA also has its personality with unique culture, topology, and complexities and we have specialized in making the complexities of the region simplified for our partners, enabling them to do business seamlessly.

He further added “Kalaam Carrier Solutions, the winning combination of the strong brands is the fast-evolving core backbone of Kalaam group aimed to provide best-in-class infrastructure, fastest routes, low latency connectivity services from our combined network. Our Carrier neutral PoPs in the region enables optimum techno-commercial solutions in delivering, managing networks for carriers, OTTs, hyperscalers, large content providers and various enterprise verticals.”

May Neama, Head of Marketing & Corporate Communication says, “Kalaam’s major focus over the years was to collaborate with major players to allow for a premium experience and offering reliable robust solutions. Our focus this year is to build on a unified brand reinstating the brand position in the market and creating clarity on our combined offerings to the carrier community”.

Kalaam Telecom Awarded Global ISO 27001 for Information Security Management

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Feb 22nd, 2022—Bahrain

Kalaam Telecom, the region’s trusted solution provider headquartered in Bahrain, has been awarded Global ISO 27001 for Information Security Management (ISO 270001: 2013 Certification) for completing the regulatory governance and compliance requirements.

This official accreditation by the governing authorities adds Kalaam to the list of certified telecom providers following international security standards and demonstrates, Kalaam’s investment in people, processes and technologies to ensure data safety, credibility and security of information assets.

Veer Passi, CEO of Kalaam Telecom said, “This significant achievement proves the ongoing efforts, Kalaam takes to enhance its technology, upgrade its security infrastructure and its commitment in safeguarding client data and implementing security controls to support its digital journey of enriching Customers, Partners, Internal & External stakeholders’ experience”.

“Information security is a continuous process and Kalaam commits to constantly evolve its security arrangements to reassure its clients trust and integrity allowing to deliver enhanced value-added services and solutions that come with rigorous security checks.”

Kalaam Telecom has also recently launched Kalaam Cyber Defense Center (KCDC) in Bahrain. Designed to rapidly identify and limit security incidents, our new state-of-the-art, next gen Security Operations Center (SOC), is now fully equipped to offer Managed Security Solutions including threat hunting, ransomware protection, malware analysis and incident response to clients across the region.

The ISO 27001 certification along with the launch of SOC further enhances Kalaam’s position as the trusted service provider in the region to enterprises, public sector entities and financial institutions that house valuable sensitive data.

Kalaam Telecom Wins Best Strategic Acquisition at the Global Carrier Awards 2021

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The award recognises Kalaam’s commitment to digital transformation in the Middle East with the acquisition of Zajil Telecom

27 October 2021 – Kalaam Telecom, Bahrain’s leading technology solutions provider, has won the award for Best Strategic Acquisition at the 17th annual Global Carrier Awards. Kalaam has been recognised for its strategic acquisition of Zajil Telecom, the oldest and one of the largest ISPs in Kuwait. The acquisition created a combined entity with revenue of more than $100 million, with data centres in five countries, 53 network points of presence (PoPs) in 25 countries, and a unique combination of subsea and terrestrial networks combining three continents.

The addition of Zajil enables Kalaam to leverage a combined international footprint, especially in MENA, to expand its wholesale services across the region and beyond. Its acquisition strategy has created a pan-GCC powerhouse and an innovative international carrier. Kalaam has pursued M&A as a growth strategy over the past 5 years. It acquired Tawasul Telecom in 2018, expanding its network reach across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Zajil is the fourth acquisition made by the company, as it positions its business as a leading regional enabler of digital transformation.

“We are honoured to be recognised for our acquisition strategy and I would like to thank the Kalaam Telecom team for executing on our vision for digital transformation across the Middle East. I am very proud to be part of this exciting and inspiring journey we are on. We’ve gone from a humble ISP in Bahrain to one of the top 3 ISPs in the GCC. It is a great milestone for our business and testament to the vision of our shareholders and the wider team,” said Veer Passi, Group Chief Executive Officer at Kalaam Telecom.

The Global Carrier Awards are the most prestigious awards in the wholesale telecoms industry. The awards celebrate the biggest accomplishments from across the industry over the last 12 months. This year’s ceremony saw 34 trophies awarded to the top organisations in the telecoms, tech and ICT space.

“As digital adoption grows, Kalaam is providing solutions that enable digital transformation of businesses across markets and offer one consistent experience throughout the region. We are delivering critical solutions for a growing number of customers in local markets, across MENA and globally. This award is a fantastic step on our journey,” said Passi.

The acquisition of Zajil gave Kalaam ownership in the Europe-India Gateway (EIG), a 15,000 km international fibre-optic submarine cable system that links 12 countries across three continents. Kalaam has combined this footprint with its own Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT) terrestrial cable system that spans over 1,400 km and provides low-latency connectivity across the GCC. KNOT has a total capacity of 12.8 Tbps and connects Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

About Kalaam

Kalaam Telecom (Kalaam) is a leading provider of ICT services and connectivity solutions, serving SME’s, enterprise, telecoms carriers and wholesale telecoms businesses in the GCC. Headquartered in Bahrain, and with offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, and UK, Kalaam has pioneered ISP solutions, connectivity, and digital transformation in the GCC for over 16 years. Kalaam provides a portfolio of cutting-edge digital solutions that are tailored to the needs of customers of all sizes in key markets and verticals across the region, including BFSI, education, government, hospitality, healthcare, retail and more. Following the recent acquisition of Zajil, the combined entity operates a network of 53 Points of Presence (PoPs) across 25 countries. Kalaam’s fully owned terrestrial cable system, Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), which is spanning Kuwait, Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Qatar; is now coupled with consortium ownership in undersea cable Europe-India Gateway (EIG), a 15,000 km international fiber-optic submarine cable system covering 12 countries from India and the Middle East to Europe. Through this extensive network, Kalaam is uniquely placed to serve international and regional telecom carriers and enterprises.

Learn more: kalaam-telecom.com

Injazat and Kalaam Telecom to Collaborate on Bringing State-of-the-Art Cybersecurity Solutions to Bahrain and Kuwait

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Dubai, UAE – 24 October 2021: Building cyber defense capabilities in Bahrain and Kuwait took a significant step closer with an agreement signed between Injazat, the UAE’s home-grown technology champion in Digital Transformation, Cloud, and Cyber Security, and Kalaam Telecom, a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Managed Digital Solution provider in the region for digital transformation.

In the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed between the two companies, they have announced their commitment to collaborate on exploring opportunities towards building a customized Cyber Fusion Center (CFC) in Bahrain and Kuwait and provide Cyber Security services to government and semi-government entities, leveraging both parties’ assets, know-how and capabilities.

The MoU was signed by Ussama Dahabiyeh, Chief Executive Officer at Injazat, and Veer Passi, CEO at Kalaam Telecom, during the GITEX Technology Week that was held at Dubai World Trade Centre last week. Under the agreement, both companies will specifically evaluate the framework to develop high level business plans towards establishing state-of-the-art Cyber Fusion Centres that will significantly bolster the security posture for Kalaam’s client portfolio in both Bahrain and Kuwait. Modelled after Injazat’s very own Cyber Fusion Center, the platform co-created in collaboration with Kalaam will adopt an intelligence-driven, collaborative, and automated security approach much needed for countering advanced security threats.

The region has experienced a significant increase in cybercrime, witnessing 2.57 million phishing attacks over a period of just three months in 2020, as per a recent Kaspersky report; and Middle East governments are acutely aware of the new threat landscape associated with digitization. Injazat’s Cyber Fusion Center is distinctive as it provides a proactive and unified approach to neutralize potential threats before they occur using behaviour analytics and machine learning. The platform leverages an Artificial Intelligence-based recommendation engine, which suggests remediation actions based on previous behaviour patterns and reduces response times.

The partnership will further support Kalaam’s successful track record of over 16 years as a leading provider of mission critical technology infrastructure in supporting more than 5000 enterprises within the GCC region and government bodies alike, in their digital growth. With four data centers, two in Bahrain, and two in Kuwait, supported by its terrestrial fiber cable system, KNOT, and consortium ownership of submarine cable EIG, Kalaam offers fully redundant infrastructure that ensures total reliability to its customers working in partnership with them, to devise tailored, innovative, industry-specific solutions through its consultative approach.

Underlining the significance of the partnership Ussama Dahabiyeh, Chief Executive Officer at Injazat, said: “Our expertise and capability through Injazat’s Cyber Fusion Center stands alone in the MENA region. Our approach consolidates traditional security functions with new capabilities into a single, integrated entity. Through the agreement signed today with Kalaam Telecom, we are delighted to explore the opportunity to collaborate on providing our knowledge and expertise to develop and deploy next-generation cyber capabilities and solutions in Bahrain and Kuwait. Partnerships such as this are part of our strategic approach at Injazat, especially cross border industry partnerships, which are extremely vital in growing the region’s digital economy, accelerating innovation, and supporting an entrepreneurial ecosystem. We eagerly look forward to seeing the results of this partnership being implemented to create a superior integrated defense platform in Bahrain and Kuwait.”

Veer Passi, CEO at Kalaam Telecom said, “We are excited in partnering with Injazat, which will enhance Cyber Security solution capabilities for our customers. With Injazat’s proactive Cyber Fusion Center capabilities, this partnership will aim to offer strong solutions to protect organizations from the rapidly growing cyber-attacks and data breach threats evolving in the internet driven market. Kalaam continues to strengthen its partner ecosystem to offer one-stop digital solutions that meets the demand of enterprises, international carriers, governments, and SMEs within the region, with its highly innovative product lines, including: Managed Networks, IoT, AI, Cloud, Cyber Security solutions and data center services.

Injazat launched the region’s first ever Cyber Fusion Centre (CFC) in June 2020 to boost protection against data breaches and cyber-attacks. The CFC stands apart from any competitor in the radically different approach it takes to cyber defense by proactively managing advanced threats, unlike traditional Security Operations Centers, that is more focused on identifying and reacting to incidents. Cyber Fusion Centers also help organizations to streamline their systems and assimilate information into actionable strategies and tactics, while improving productivity and reducing costs.

About Kalaam:
Kalaam Telecom (Kalaam) is a leading provider of ICT services and connectivity solutions, serving SME’s, enterprise, telecoms carriers and wholesale telecoms businesses in the GCC. Headquartered in Bahrain, and with offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, and UK, Kalaam has pioneered ISP solutions, connectivity, and digital transformation in the GCC for over 16 years. Kalaam provides a portfolio of cutting-edge digital solutions that are tailored to the needs of customers of all sizes in key markets and verticals across the region, including BFSI, education, government, hospitality, healthcare, retail and more. Following the recent acquisition of Zajil, the combined entity operates a network of 53 Points of Presence (PoPs) across 25 countries. Kalaam’s fully owned terrestrial cable system, Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), which is spanning Kuwait, Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Qatar; is now coupled with consortium ownership in undersea cable Europe-India Gateway (EIG), a 15,000 km international fiber-optic submarine cable system covering 12 countries from India and the Middle East to Europe. Through this extensive network, Kalaam is uniquely placed to serve international and regional telecom carriers and enterprises.

About Injazat:
Founded in 2005, Injazat is an industry recognized market leader in the region for Digital Transformation, Cloud, and Cyber Security. Based in Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates, Injazat draws on its local expertise and presence combined with several global technology partnership networks to develop market leading services. Injazat’s ambition is to empower organizations to achieve their vision by providing them with the technology solutions and expertise needed to power productivity while they focus on their core business.

For more information and press queries, contact Wafa Bengra wafa.bengra@injazat.com

Kalaam Telecom acquires Kuwaiti ISP leader Zajil Telecom

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Kalaam Telecom acquires Kuwaiti ISP leader Zajil Telecom to create $100m technology solutions company to drive GCC digital transformation

Bahrain’s Kalaam Telecom acquires Kuwaiti ISP leader Zajil Telecom to become one of the top three ISP providers in GCC

The acquisition expands Kalaam’s capabilities and network to support the growing digital economy in the region

Manama, Bahrain – 2 June 2021: Kalaam Telecom, Bahrain’s leading technology solutions provider, has announced the acquisition of Zajil International Telecom Co. (KSCC), one of Kuwait’s longest-established ISP and ICT services companies, with the aim of creating a regional powerhouse which will drive digital transformation in the GCC region and beyond.

The acquisition will create a combined entity with revenue of US$100 million, with data centers in five countries, network Point of Presence (PoPs) in 25 countries, and a unique combination of subsea and terrestrial cable network that connects three continents. Kalaam will be among the top three ISPs in the GCC and will be the only operator with an ISP licence for Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Nezar Al Saie, Chairman of Kalaam Telecom, said: “This is a proud moment for Kalaam, as the only private Bahraini telecom company that was able to go regional serving a broad base of enterprise, wholesale, and channel customers.The expansion of Kalaam also supports the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 with the aim of creating a regional digital ICT hub in Bahrain that will serve the wider MENA region.

Kalaam’s acquisition of Zajil Telecom is a testament to our ambitious, resilient growth strategy. Despite the economic challenges that hit the world and our region, Kalaam has sustained its robust organic and acquisition-led expansion plans. We are delighted to acquire Zajil, which is hailed as the leading ISP in Kuwait with a solid customer portfolio, encompassing some of the most prominent enterprises and government institutions. We are also proud of the expansion of Kalaam Telecom shareholders, with the addition of some of the most prominent businessmen in the Gulf region.

This acquisition is underpinned by our continuous efforts to strengthen our innovative enterprise solutions by investing heavily in cementing our regional digital infrastructure. With the integration of Zajil Telecom into our wider group, Kalaam is boosting its reliable, premium offering of disruptive industry technologies to its current and prospect customers,” he added.

“Zajil Telecom was the first ISP in Kuwait and has built on 30 years of experience to be recognized today as a leading information technology and communication service provider in the MENA region. The company is a regional leader in MPLS solutions, with a global customer base and network.

With the acquisition of Zajil, Kalaam Telecom will be uniquely positioned as the clear market leader, expanding its enterprise solutions across the MENA region, Europe, US and Asia. The combination of services and infrastructure brought together by the Zajil and Kalaam Telecom merger will result in the delivery of more advanced solutions.” said Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman, Zajil Telecom.

“The acquisition of Zajil empowers Kalaam Group to become a full stack one-stop, end-to-end solutions provider of choice for the local & regional enterprise market and the international wholesale business. Kalaam has impressively evolved from being a pure ISP to become a 360 degree digital solutions provider, building a full stack Industry customized ecosystem of ICT solutions, including Cloud, Security, Data Center, IOT, AI and Unified communications for its customers. With its terrestrial fiber cable system,KNOT (which spans 1,400 km across GCC), and Zajil’s consortium ownership in EIG (Europe India Gateway,a 15,000 KM international fiber optic submarine cable system that links 12 countries across three continents., the combined group will be able to offer redundant, secure and fast access to its Enterprise & Wholesale customers, for reaching their applications, data , workloads and other services on the Cloud or for connecting their regional & international branches. The combined network will provide footprint in 25 countries in MENA, Europe, US and Asia with 53 fully owned Point of Presence (PoPs) to deliver all the product lines, and industry-specific solutions for the banking, oil & gas, retail, telecoms and transportation sectors.” said Veer Passi, CEO, Kalaam Telecom.

“Corporate customers today require innovative solutions that attend to their continuously evolving business needs, which is where a focused telecom solution provider such as Kalaam comes into play to respond quickly to enterprises with a fully tailored approach. Kalaam’s presence in multiple countries makes it uniquely situated to be the one stop digital solutions provider and a preferred partner to regional and international customers,” said Javier Alvarez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Delta Partners, the leading telecom management consultancy firm.

“Kalaam’s acquisition of Zajil is a valuable opportunity identified during challenging times, it comes in line with AUB’s deep understanding and prioritization of technology. Our unique project finance capabilities in the sector demonstrates our vision and foresight to support the telecommunication/ technology sector which has become a forefront of all innovations and backbone for all other businesses.” said [AUB spokesperson].

Kalaam Telecom

Kalaam Telecom (Kalaam) is a leading provider of ICT services and connectivity solutions, serving SME’s, enterprise, telecoms carriers and wholesale telecoms businesses in the GCC.

Headquartered in Bahrain, and with offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, and UK, Kalaam has pioneered ISP solutions, connectivity, and digital transformation in the GCC for over 16 years. Kalaam provides a portfolio of cutting-edge digital solutions that are tailored to the needs of customers of all sizes in key markets and verticals across the region, including BFSI, education, government, hospitality, healthcare, retail and more.

Following the acquisition of Zajil, the combined entity operates a network of 53 Points of Presence (PoPs) across 25 countries. Kalaam’s fully owned terrestrial cable system, Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), which is spanning Kuwait, Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Qatar; is now coupled with consortium ownership in undersea cable Europe-India Gateway (EIG), a 15,000km international fiber-optic submarine cable system covering 12 countries from India and the Middle East to Europe. Through this extensive network, Kalaam is uniquely placed to serve international and regional telecom carriers and enterprises.

Zajil International Telecom Company K.S.C.C

Zajil International Telecom Company K.S.C.C (Zajil) is a leading ICT service provider in the MENA region. Established in the State of Kuwait since 1991, Zajil is Kuwait’s first ISP and the region’s leading MPLS Service Provider.

Zajil has proudly achieved the CPN Certificate (Cisco Powered Network) from Cisco, ISO 9001:2000 certification and ISO 27001:2005 ISMS certification.

Zajil’s data center in Kuwait is one of the most advanced data centers in the country providing hosting, collocation, and cloud services to major corporate clients from different sectors including Banking & Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Government, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation.

Zajil has been at the forefront of introducing new services to its customers, it is one of the leading service providers in the ICT industry, providing end-to-end connectivity, cloud and managed services to its customers.

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Kalaam Telecom announces the launch of KNOT cable system

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Kalaam Telecom Group, a leading managed solutions provider for businesses across GCC and international markets, announced the launch of Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), a new fiber-optic terrestrial international cable system that enhances regional and international connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The KNOT terrestrial Fiber-optic cable system will span over 1,400km, providing capacity of 12.8 Terabits per second (Tbps) and beyond with lowest latency connectivity to the MENA region. Given the cable is carried over an optical ground wire associated with a regional high-tension electricity network (GCCIA), it reduces the risk of cable cuts significantly, as is evident from the very high availability of the GCCIA network over the past 5 years.

Veer Passi, Group CEO of Kalaam and Tawasul Telecom said: “Kalaam chose to invest in this multi-million-dollar network expansion project to sustain the ever-growing demand for data connectivity and business applications to and from the MENA region. This new state-of-the-art, upgradeable optical transport network is fully owned and operated by Kalaam Telecom Group.”

“With the launch of KNOT, an open cable system, Kalaam will continue its legacy of being an innovative and disruptive solution provider, which aims to make connectivity in the MENA region more competitive. This will provide a highly scalable alternative to carriers, CDNs, OTTs, Cloud Providers, Data centers and Enterprises to benefit from innovative solutions and enhanced communications experience,” Added Mr. Passi.

The KNOT cable system is powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent technology, to offer flexible bandwidth capacities. The whole infrastructure is managed by the state-of-the-art micro-services based Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) SDN domain controller using open APIs, to provide 10G, 100G, 200G services and beyond over an Optical Transport Network (OTN).

Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA at Ciena stated: “Working together with Kalaam Telecom, we will be building a world-class networking infrastructure, based on our WaveLogic coherent technology, that can dynamically scale and adapt to changing customer expectations and unpredictable traffic requirements.”

The new cable system provides route diversity across the Middle East by connecting our meshed transmission network across 12 countries, homing 16 Points of Presence (PoP) and further connecting the MENA region as a gateway through our POPs in Europe and Asia. The cable will go live in Q4-2020.

Kalaam Telecom promotes Bahrain as a major ICT hub

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Kalaam Telecom, a leading managed solutions provider for business across GCC and international markets, announced its partnership with Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), to launch Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), a new fiber-optic terrestrial international cable system that enhances regional and international connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The KNOT terrestrial Fiber-optic cable system will span over 1,400km, providing a capacity of 12.8 terabytes (tbps) and beyond, with lowest latency connectivity to the MENA region. The network expansion project will benefit local, regional, and global customers to seamlessly connect to & from Bahrain to other GCC countries and further towards Europe and Asia regions. This will also provide opportunities to businesses in Bahrain to open up new data routes which can be tailored to meet their connectivity needs.

Veer Passi, CEO of Kalaam Telecom said, “Kalaam chose to invest in this multi-million dollar network expansion to support the Kingdom of Bahrain’s vision toward positioning Bahrain as a major ICT, Cloud and innovation hub in the MENA region.

“With the launch of KNOT, an open cable system, Kalaam will continue its legacy of being an innovative & disruptive solution provider, which aims to make connectivity in the MENA region more competitive. This will provide a highly scalable alternative to carriers, CDNs, OTTs, Cloud Providers, Data centers, and Enterprises to benefit from innovative solutions and enhanced communications experience.” Added Mr. Passi

The KNOT cable will support large corporates & enterprises in Bahrain in expediting their journey of digitization of the business process. Being an AWS & Microsoft cloud partner, this will enable Kalaam to provide very fast, secure, and cost-effective communication from Bahrain to other GCC countries & Cloud data centers, boosting Bahrain as a hub for innovative services. The cable will go live in Q4-2020.

Eng. Ahmed AL-Ebrahim, CEO of GCC Interconnection Authority commented: “I’m delighted to be able to announce the commercial agreement with Kalaam telecom – an achievement that will provide tangible benefits for all consumers, businesses, and industry and is a further proof point of how GCCIA fiber network is the preferable network in the Gulf.

 

Kalaam Wins The Bahrain Award for Entrepreneurship with International footprint

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Kalaam Telecom, a leading managed solutions provider for businesses across GCC and international markets, has emerged as a winner for The Bahrain Award for Entrepreneurship as the “Enterprise of the Year with International footprint” at the Award Ceremony held yesterday at Isa Cultural Hall.

The Award was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister. The Bahrain Award for Entrepreneurship celebrated the achievements of Bahrain’s entrepreneurs and their socio-economic role in spurring a private sector driven economy.

Kalaam Telecom’s Chairman, Mr. Nezar Al Saie said, “Kalaam’s success is attributable to a number of factors including a clearly defined strategy of focusing on serving the enterprise market, of expanding its value-added services, and a regional expansion beyond our home market in Bahrain. This award recognizes Kalaam as the only Bahraini telecom company to become a regional operator through the acquisition of Tawasul Telecom in Kuwait.

Kalaam’s motivated, competent professionals understanding of our customers’ needs and focus on delivering best customer experience is a major competitive edge.”

Nezar Al Saie further added “Kalaam’s owners are committed and focused on creating long term value. Additionally, the excellent ecosystem that exists in Bahrain being the most liberal telecom market in the region with a comprehensive telecom law that is bench-marked with the best practiced telecom laws, and vigorously & equitably enforced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) have insured a fair level-playing field for all telecom service providers, large or small. As part of this positive ecosystem, Tamkeen has played an important role in nourishing and fostering the growth of small & medium sized companies such as Kalaam through various programs such as training and wages support and business development support.”


The company currently has a presence in 6 countries including Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, KSA, Singapore and UK.

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Kalaam Telecom achieves PCI DSS compliant, most coveted Data security standards

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Kalaam Telecom, a leading managed solutions provider for businesses across GCC and international markets has achieved PCI DSS v3.2.1 by crossbow labs, a leading cybersecurity company specializing in compliance based on BFSI, Retail, and IT/TES organizations.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS v3.2.1) certification has been awarded to Kalaam Telecom on achieving compliance on one of the most coveted security data standards. PCI DSS is a standard that must be met by every organization that is involved in handling credit, debit, prepaid, and POS cards.

The PCI DSS helps the BFSI industry to maintain privacy, integrity, and authenticity of information to assure customer trust.

Mr. Veer Passi CEO of Kalaam Telecom said “We are proud to have achieved the Global standard PCI DSS certification which is one of the key requirements for the financial segment. Being specialized in providing customized solutions to the BFSI industry, it was mandatory to follow every guideline set by the PCI security standards. This compliance framework protects the financial institutions’ data against fraud, theft, and safeguards information in a secure environment through a global standard for payment card security.

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