GBI signs MOUs to land cable in Djibouti

Deal will give GBI customers access to Horn of Africa

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GBI signs MOUs to land cable in Djibouti East Africa has new and exciting opportunities for GBI, says Mekky.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 4, 2014

Network service provider GBI has signed MOUs with Djibouti Telecom and the Djibouti Data Centre (DDC) to land an extension to the GBI undersea cable network in Djibouti.

The deal will mean GBI's carrier neutral network will be able to access millions of customers in the Horn of Africa, strengthening GBI's network reach to new markets.

Ahmed Mekky, Board Member and CEO of GBI stated, "Djibouti's strategic position in East Africa and the extending reach of GBI's network system spanning from Singapore to all major cities in Europe will enhance our customer's global and regional business interests."

He added, "This strategic partnership, which is in line with our network system expansion, will pave the way for further growth into a market that creates new and exciting opportunities for GBI. It will also allow GBI to address the growing needs in the market."

DDC provides enhanced services to carriers, mobile network operators, ISPs, and content delivery network providers.  DDC services include cable head access, backhaul, and cross connect services, all part of an expanded portfolio that also includes colocation, Vpop, and a newly launched Internet Exchange (IXP).

"We are very excited about GBI's commitment to expanding their network reach in Africa, and their selection of the DDC to support this effort", says  John Melick, Chairman of the Djibouti Data Center.

"The addition of the GBI cable system to the DDC ecosystem significantly enhances the DDC's emergence as the leading strategic global and regional hub in East Africa. DDC is actively contributing in enhancing the communication landscape in Djibouti, East Africa, transforming the economies, and further empowering the business communities by securing connectivity."

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