GBI and Interoute sign network extension deals
The two new deals are to extend GBI’s connectivity between Europe and the Middle East.
Gulf Bridge International, the Middle East's first privately owned submarine cable operator, has signed two new agreements with Interoute, owner operator of Europe's most advanced next-generation network.
The two deals are to be delivered on the network extension agreement that was signed in Nairobi last year.
Ahmed Mekky, board member and CEO of GBI, said that the deals come as a major milestone towards connecting the world to the Gulf. "With our launch only a few months away, we have now secured extensive coverage across Europe, beyond the physical reach of the GBI cable system. This will enable GBI and Interoute to offer the most comprehensive coverage between Europe and the Middle East."
Under the terms of the Italian Terrestrial Network Agreement, Interoute is to provide GBI with a diverse route from GBI's landing station in Mazara Sicily to Interoute's Milan POP via Caldera.
The European Network Agreement will integrate the networks of GBI and Interoute, which is to provide GBI access to Europe on the advanced and densely connected voice and data network. Designed and deployed to be a fully 100 Gbps capable network, the European Network Agreement will provide GBI with connectivity to the major centres of Milan, London, Paris, Marseilles, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
Gareth Williams, CEO, Interoute, said: "The global demand for internet increases year on year, and there is a real need for strong, resilient internet connections between Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
In the Middle East, GBI has so far signed landing party agreements with telecom operators such as Vodafone and Qtel in Qatar, Batelco in Bahrain, STC in Saudi Arabia, and Iraq Telecommunications and Post Company (ITPC).