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Du inks deal to land new submarine cable

New cable is expected to provide Gulf communication companies with improved connectivity

Du inks deal to land new submarine cable
The new cable will improve connectivity for the UAE.

UAE telecoms company Du has signed an agreement with submarine cable operator Gulf Bridge International (GBI) to land a new cable at its Fujairah station.

The new cable, which is expected to provide telcos and other communication companies in the region with much-improved connectivity, will launch in 2011 and be designed to operate for up to 25 years.

GBI, the Middle East's first privately owned submarine cable operator, says the new subsea fibre technology will connect all the Gulf countries and provide onward connectivity to Europe and Asia.

"The UAE is an important market for GBI. It is one of the most communications-intensive countries in the Middle East and geographically important because of its proximity and ease of connectivity to other international subsea cables," said GBI CEO Ahmed Mekky.

"Our new facility at Fujairah will add strength to our existing landing facilities and reinforce our position as a hub for international traffic, into and out of the Middle East," he added.

The cable system will connect all the Gulf countries via a core ring, which can re-route traffic thereby increasing resilience, GBI said in a release. With a design capacity of up to 5 terabits per second on certain cable sections, the GBI Cable System will have the capability to meet the rapid growth in demand that has been forecast for traffic originating and terminating in the Gulf.

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