Gulf Bridge and Interoute sign for connectivity

Agreement will boost cable connectivity between Europe and Middle East

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Gulf Bridge and Interoute sign for connectivity The deal will help to extend the connectivity of GBI's network to Europe and North America.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 22, 2010

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has announced an agreement with Interoute, the owner/operator of the largest Europe-wide, next-generation network to extend international capacity between the two.

Under the agreement, GBI, the privately owned submarine cable operator which is building a network to connect the Middle East with Asia and Europe, will provide capacity to Interoute in countries and cities where GBICS lands and Interoute will provide capacity on the Interoute Network to GBI in Africa, Europe, transatlantic routes and in Northern America.

The agreement will link Interoute's network, which connects 100 cities across 29 countries, to the GBI subsea fibre cable network, which will provide connectivity of up to 5 terabits per second to all of the countries in the Gulf region.

"I am very pleased that GBI has announced this agreement with Interoute." commented Ahmed Mekky, board member and CEO of GBI "Interoute has an extensive network across Europe and this agreement will considerably enhance connectivity between Europe and the Middle East.

"This announcement reflects GBI's commitment to connect the world to the Gulf. International traffic between the two regions is growing at an unprecedented rate and together with Interoute, we will be able to address that demand and provide greater diversity and resilience.  Through agreements such as this, GBI will be able to provide global reach to our customers," he added.

Ian Bedford, VP business development at Interoute, said: "The cornerstones of the global internet need strengthening and we are excited to be taking steps to make this happen. There has been a clear need to boost resilience in this territory for some time and we are pleased to be working with GBI to build a more resilient communications bridge between the Middle East and Africa, Europe and North America."

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