Batelco increases capacity by 200%

In anticipation of the communication needs of the global TV and news agencies covering Formula One in Bahrain, Batelco has upped its connectivity by 200%.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 4, 2004

In anticipation of the communication needs of the global TV and news agencies covering Formula One in Bahrain, the Kingdom’s national telecoms operator Batelco has ordered additional international connectivity from FLAG Telecom, representing a 200% increase over existing capacity. 'The eyes of the sporting world will be on Bahrain this weekend as the region's first F1 event takes place in Manama,” commented BatelcoTony Hart, chief executive, Batelco,. “The huge increase in demand for international connectivity during the Formula One weekend means that we have had to dramatically increase our telecommunications capacity. We are looking to FLAG to meet our needs at this exciting time,” he added. FLAG already provides high-quality global circuits for Batelco since 1997. “The 200% increase in capacity demonstrates the enormous bandwidth required to meet F1's global TV audience,” commented Walid Irshaid, President Middle East and Africa, FLAG Telecom. “As a private cable operator, we can quickly react to the needs of our customers, while offering flexible terms from short term leases for a specific sports event, such as the F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain, to long term purchase, all at competitive prices,” he added.

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