BT named GBI consultant for Gulf cable link
Doha, May 17, 2009
Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the region's first privately owned submarine cable operator, has appointed BT as the principal consultant for its $445 million cable project linking the GCC countries to each other as well as international.
BT will engage its centre of excellence, BT subsea, for knowledge and skills transfer to GBI as it delivers a high-capacity fiber optic undersea telecommunications cable system aimed at improving connectivity for Gulf states both regionally and internationally, according to a report in our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News.
BT will now ensure that the new GBI subsea cable has the correct level of quality control for information transfer around the region and beyond, as well as providing operational risk management, optimising project performance and identifying skilled staff to manage the new undersea infrastructure.
'An undertaking of the size and scope require a partner with a demonstrable track record in delivering undersea cables, as well as a significant presence in and broad understanding of both the Middle East and international communications landscapes. BT has all of these characteristics and will help ensure that GBI's new subsea cable is of a world-class standard while helping to keep the project to its intended time and budgets targets,' said GBI chief executive Ahmed Mekky.
BT will oversee the construction and deployment of the 'Gulf ring' element to connect the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia , as well as links India and Italy to provide truly international connectivity.
'Our dedicated management resources with specific subsea and operator experience will provide hands-on quality control and technical input, assisting GBI in meeting its regional expansion plans within both the Gulf region and globally,' BT president of international telecommunication Oscar Ruiz said after signing the agreement.