GBI cable system work complete
Doha, December 19, 2011
Gulf Bridge International (GBI) and TE SubCom have completed work on the GBI cable system segments within the Gulf, the Gulf to India, the Gulf to Egypt, across Egypt and across the Mediterranean to Italy.
GBI, the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, are working together to achieve a final ‘ready for service’ across the whole network within the coming few weeks, said a statement.
“This achievement is a significant milestone for the Gulf region, which continues to experience unprecedented economic and social growth,” said Rashed Al Noaimi, chairman, GBI.
Ahmed Mekky, board Member and CEO of GBI, said: “It has always been our mission to deliver greater communications capacity and reliability to support the on-going growth in the region. TE SubCom has helped us accomplish that by completing a large scale project that connects three different regions of the world, in a timely manner.”
With a capacity of at least 5.18 terabits, the GBI cable system will enable real-time communications for telecommunications operators and other major industries, while encouraging a greater sophistication of service offerings. It is the first system of its kind to be installed in the region in more than a decade.
“We are pleased to have reached this stage with the ‘Gulf Ring’ system alongside GBI and to have been a part of such a vital project for the Gulf region, where new subsea communications systems have been scarce,” said David Coughlan, CEO, TE SubCom.
“The system will provide essential connectivity, capacity and resiliency to the Gulf countries and will enable future network expansion to meet mounting business needs in the region. “ – TradeArabia News Service