The Jordan Times reports that internet users in the Kingdom will enjoy a faster, cheaper service from next month, thanks to a regional fibre optic network which will launch on 1 July. The terrestrial fibre-optic connection, which is dubbed JADI because it links Jeddah, Amman, Damascus and Istanbul, seeks to link the region with the Far East and Europe. JADI will function as an alternative route to the submarine cable networks crossing the Mediterranean and Red Seas, which have witnessed occasional cuts over the past years causing disruptions to internet services.
Launched in Istanbul last week, the project is jointly implemented by the Jordan Telecom Group (JTG), Turk Telekom, the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Syria Telecom. The cable covers a total length of 2,530km, of which 770km is in Turkey, 480km in Syria, 360km in Jordan and 920km in Saudi Arabia.