GBI offers record 100G connectivity
Doha, August 24, 2011
Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a leading privately owned submarine cable operator, has become the first operator to offer true 100 gigabit per second (100G) connectivity on parts of its undersea cable network.
GBI has made the move to 100G to meet growing demand from the carrier community for high-capacity services that bridge Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
GBI has invested $500 million in its network infrastructure and committed to delivering future-proof network technology that is ready to meet the capacity demands of today as well as tomorrow, a statement said.
The networking technology uses state-of-the-art DWDM technology and total system design capacity has increased to close to 10 Terabits per second on certain sections, it added.
“100G has been something that has been discussed in the industry for a long time and GBI is proud to be the operator to usher in this new era of undersea cable connectivity,” said Ahmed Mekky, founder and CEO of GBI.
“As capacity demands continue to grow aggressively, GBI made the decision to use the latest in technology and ensure that we are prepared to meet the demands of our customers in the long term.”
“The emerging markets have only begun to see the benefits of increased connectivity and we will see exciting growth in these markets challenging operators to keep up. GBI has built its business to meet these capacity challenges,” he added.
Samih Kawar, GBI’s chief technical officer, said: “GBI is driving the industry forward in terms of network technology.”
“The company has embraced 40G and is looking toward the future by going live with 100G. As the first subsea cable operator to go live with 100G on its network, GBI is setting the pace for undersea cable network deployments in the telecoms market,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service