Enough is enough, Egypt. For too long have you blackmailed the world with your unique geographical location. You could have made a good living and yet helped out the world creating a lot of good will. But no, you had to flex your muscles and make life unbearable for the carriers of the world.
I am on your case now. The Internet is too big and too important to be blackmailed by any one country. This should have been taken up at the UN level a long time ago when you started charging $80 million per cable just for safe passage. And even after you get this money, cables don’t get approvals for years and years for no apparent reason. Would you like me to name all the cables that are still pending approvals?
Ever since Gamal Hosni Mubarak figured out that submarine cables were a golden goose, you have been exploiting the situation every which way you can.
Since the governments of the world are not going to call you on it, I have decided to take it up upon myself to solve this problem.
January 20th is the day when I announce how the world will solve the Egypt problem.
A note to carriers: Egypt has become a single point of failure. Taking in to account the current political situation in Egypt, it is your fiduciary responsibility to find alternate paths in case of a worst case scenario in Egypt. We need to work together decisively and quickly to solve this problem. You are going to get one chance to solve this problem. Please come to my 3rd DGM at PTC to hear me out. If I do not get enough support I will shut this down (just like I had to unfortunately shut down the Sea-Me-We-5 competing initiative for lack of support from the branch countries).
I can take the leadership role but unless you guys want to solve the problem, it is not going to be solved. I need your proactive participation. Whether you buy a full fiber pair or just one 10Gbps circuit on my new cable, your support is critical to making this happen.
Carriers of the world, chances like this come once in decades. Don’t let this opportunity go away. Also, this is not the time to play politics. As a carrier-neutral party, I will let in every carrier that wants redundancy and restoration on this route. At the Hawaii DGM, I have only 40 seats open. Walk-ins are not allowed. Also, this is by invitation-only. Request an invitation here. Only licensed carriers will be allowed to participate.
I hope my resolve to shut down this initiative if I don’t get enough support does not come across as arrogance. It is not. If anything, it is my inability to do anything (since I do not have a half a billion dollars lying around) if I do not have your unwavering support. I am not going to waste my time if there is no interest from carriers. Don’t expect me to hang around for years and years trying to get this funded.
Don’t get me wrong about Egypt. I love Egypt. I visited Egypt 29 times in 18 months to get the FLAG landing. My best friend in this business is Eng. Mahmoud Elsoury, the ex-chairman of Telecom Egypt. I have good relations with Mr. El Nawawi, the current CEO of Telecom Egypt. My best holiday memories have been in Egypt.
I am not suggesting you stop doing business with Egypt. In fact, if you want to continue doing business with Egypt, you need to show them that there is now a credible alternative, which is significantly cheaper. That’s the only way you are going to get Egypt significantly reduce their prices and start acting in a professional manner. And respecting their contracts and your time.
To be clear, my issue is with Egypt (the government) and not with Egypt (the country) or “Telecom Egypt” (the carrier).
Egypt, the party is over. Learn to become a good global citizen.