Gulf Bridge to bring fibre optic link to Iraq

Iraq’s incumbent operator signs MoU with Gulf Bridge International to join cable system

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Gulf Bridge to bring fibre optic link to Iraq The GBI project will be Iraq's first international fibre optic cable connection.
By  Roger Field Published  November 10, 2009

Iraq is set to be connected to a fibre optic cable project linking most of the Gulf states after the country's incumbent telecom operator, Iraq Telecommunications and Post Company (ITPC) signed a deal with Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a Qatar-based submarine cable operator.

The two companies signed an agreement to establish a landing for GBI's fibre optic International Cable System in Iraq. The link will be Iraq's first international fibre optic cable connection.

GBI's International Cable System undersea cable network, which is due to be operational in 2011, will connect the Gulf region states and will also be linked to the Far East and Europe.

Rashid Al-Noaimi, chairman, GBI, described the deal as a "historic" event for Iraq. "It is the first cable to be landed in Iraq. This step will certainly improve Iraqi economic performance especially the telecommunication sector, motivate the development process and facilitate various business investments," he said.

Qasim Mohamed Jasim Al-Hasani, director general of ITPC added that the landing of the cable in Iraq will help the country's operators provide "unprecedented" service as well as benefiting other sectors with improved communications.

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