By A E James, Times of Oman

Muscat: Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) on Thursday said it is investing $31 million in the construction of a landing station for the Asia-Africa-Europe submarine cable network (AAE-1) in Marseilles, France, which is going to be the first such station operated by Omantel outside Oman.

The landing station, which is part of the transnational submarine cable network which traverses South East Asia to Europe and across Egypt, while connecting several countries, will be ready in 2015.

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