Etisalat has announced a new facility in Ali Jebel, Kalba UAE. This will be a Tier III wholesale data centre. It is the third location in Etisalat’s SmartHub expansion in the UAE, following the opening of facilities in Fujairah and Dubai in 2020.
The Kalba data centre will be the landing site for the Africa-1 subsea cable; connecting Africa, the Middle East and Europe; and is due to come into service by the end of 2023.
Etisalat has scheduled Kalba to be operational by Q1 2022. The facility will also act as a disaster recovery hub for customers at the Fujairah SmartHub data centre.