ME telecoms cable gets Indian landing station

GBI and Sify deal will strengthen communications infrastructure between India and the Middle East

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ME telecoms cable gets Indian landing station GBI's subsea cable system is expected to launch in 2011. (Getty Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  May 26, 2010

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has entered into a deal with Sify Technologies to land their subsea cable system in India.

The agreement, which aims to strengthen the communications infrastructure between India and the Middle East, will see Sify provide a landing station for GBI's submarine cable in Mumbai.  

"We are delighted to announce that GBI have selected Sify to be our landing partner in India. As one of India's leading internet communications companies, Sify is well placed to ensure that GBI's cable system is fully integrated into the rapidly expanding Indian domestic market," commented Hamad Al Mannai, Executive Vice Chairman of GBI.

Sify is also optimistic about the new deal and believes it will addresses demand for international capacity.

"Access to Undersea Cable System will allow SIFY Technologies to serve the emerging markets in Middle East as well as African region, which are also amongst the fastest growing economies in the world," said Raju Vegesna, CEO & Managing Director, Sify Technologies Limited.

GBI is the Middle East's first privately owned submarine cable operator and its cable system is expected to launch in 2011, connecting all the Gulf countries through a core ring capable of re-routing traffic.

The system has a design capacity of 5 terabits per second on selected cable sections, meeting the high demand forecasted for traffic originating and terminating in the Middle East.

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