GBI makes first gulf cable landing in UAE

Cable to connect to du's landing station in Fujairah

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GBI makes first gulf cable landing in UAE GBI plans ten cable landings throughout the Gulf. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 14, 2011

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has announced the successful landing of its submarine cable in Fujairah, in the UAE.

The cable, part of a planned network which will connect the Gulf region to Europe, Africa and Asia, will connect to du's landing station on the east coast of the Emirates. It is the first of ten planned cable landings in the Gulf region.

Ahmed Mekky, board member and CEO of GBI commenting on the achievement said "Today's landing is another significant step towards the launch of the GBI Cable System, which was designed and built to position the Middle East as strategic communications hub between the mature markets of Europe and North America and the rapidly growing markets of Asia and Africa.

"We are committed to our vision of Connecting the World to the Gulf. GBI will offer our customers greater choice, value, diversity and resilience. We are also glad to work hand in hand with a number of outstanding companies such as du, who are going to help us realize this vision," he added.

GBI is the first privately owned submarine cable operator in the Middle East. The company is deploying a high capacity, fiber-optic communications cable network, with a capacity of 5 terabits per second on selected cable sections, to provide connectivity within the Gulf and onwards to other regions.

The cable ship ‘Responder', will be working in the Gulf with a fleet of other specialized ships, to continue the installation process of the GBI Cable System.

Farid Faraidooni, chief commercial officer, du, said: "We welcome the landing of GBI's state-of-the-art submarine cable on our shores. This is momentous both from a commercial and a customer point of view. Once operational, it will not only expand choice of connectivity but more importantly will significantly enhance redundancy in operations. We congratulate GBI on this achievement and look forward to the day when the cable system is launched."

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