Today’s Zaman - Turkish internet access provider Superonline -- part of mobile telephone provider Turkcell -- together with seven other internet providers across different countries, will build a fiber-optic cable infrastructure 7,750 kilometers long, starting from the United Arab Emirates city of Fujairah to Istanbul, making the Turkish metropolis an internet base.
Turkcell’s CEO Sureyya Ciliv unveiled the project, called Regional Cable Network (RCN), during a press conference held in Istanbul on Thursday. The fiber-optic cable network will be laid from Fujairah (UAE) passing through Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Amman (Jordan) and Tartus (Syria) and will reach Istanbul, serving as a fast and reliable internet gateway for over 2 billion people in the region and surrounding countries. The total project will cost approximately TRY 1 billion (approx. USD 650 million), and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2011.
Partner telecommunication companies involved in the RCN project are Etisalat (UAE), Mobily (Saudi Arabia), Jordan Telecom, Orange Jordan, Mada-Zain Partnership (Jordan), Syria Telecom and Superonline from Turkey.