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Arc Extends Its Network Ecosystem with Equinix in Oman

Arc Solutions has expanded its network footprint to Oman with presence in Equinix’s International Business Exchange(IBX) data center in Muscat. The expansion enables Arc to extend its flexible network-as-a-service solutions to a wider pool of local and global customers.

Arc’s presence in Oman is part of its regional expansion efforts to give its customers scalable solutions for growing across the Middle East. Oman has established itself as a significant communications hub in the Middle East, evident in the recently announced 2Africa submarine cable and the 9,800km Oman Australia Cable. Its deployment in Oman comes on the back of recently established SDN nodes in UAE as well as Bahrain. Customers can rapidly roll out new applications and services across Oman and beyond with a simple and seamless model.  

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Equinix’s Muscat IBX data center (MC1) and Internet Exchange are strategically located in the heart of the digital ecosystem connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. This confluence of cable systems with carrier-neutral colocation, interconnection and peering has accelerated the growth of digital corridors linked with Oman during the four years 2016-2020. 

“Working with partners in the Middle East is the foundation of our ability to deliver leading ICT solutions across the region and beyond. We are excited to be working closely with the Equinix team to enable accelerated innovation in the Middle East,” said Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO at Arc. “Arc is always keeping track of changing demands in the region directing our expansion to locations where we see a strong future demand. We look forward to continuing to bring a multitude of new opportunities to customers in the region through our ongoing expansion.”  

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Equinix provides interconnection for industry-leading organisations across verticals including finance, manufacturing, mobility, transportation, government, healthcare and education in a cloud-first world. Earlier this year, Arc became part of the Equinix reseller and partner programme, enabling it to combine its connectivity solutions with access to Equinix’s rich ecosystem of over 1,800+ network providers, 2,900+ cloud providers and 10,000+ customers across 225+ data centers.  

“Equinix is committed to providing our partners and customers with a platform that enables them to rapidly scale their infrastructure, reach and connectivity on their digital transformation journeys,” said Kamel Al-Tawil, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Equinix. “Arc joins a growing list of Network, Cloud and Content service providers that are choosing Oman as they expand and unlock opportunities in the Middle East region, increasing their digital presence and interconnecting with important locations, cloud services and data that matter most to their businesses” he added.

Arc is utilising the growing opportunities in partnering with like-minded service providers to develop a gateway to the region’s evolving ecosystem, simplifying access to service providers and partners across the Middle East. Arc’s vision is a highly interconnected Middle Eastern market that accelerates how network-centric businesses optimise, grow and innovate in cloud, content and communications.   

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