Sahara Net eyes expansion

Sahara Net, Saudi Arabia’s leading ISP for the corporate and business sector, is ramping up expansion in its home country and plans to expand into new markets across the Middle East region, according to Kais Al-Essa, Operations and Technical Services Manager.

The company, which started services in 1994 as one of the first companies to offer internet services to the public in Saudi Arabia, is also eyeing the cloud computing sector, with plans to expand into the virtualisation and cloud computing space.

“We are the largest hosting player in the Gulf region, we provide all kinds of hosting services, from basic shared hosting to co-location and managed services, and recently we have been going into cloud computing using virtualisation and other kinds of services,” Al-Essa adds.

“We are mostly corporate, that is why we are here today. We shifted our focus from consumer to business in the last six years because we saw that the residential sector was actually not for us,” Al-Essa says.

“Our services are in four main classes: connectivity, security, optimisation, and hosted services.” Sahara Net, which is operator neutral, has ambitious plans to grow in KSA and the region, both by acquisition and organically, Al-Essa says.

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