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GBI to add land link to cable network

Fibre optic cable will pass through Iraq and Turkey to provide terrestrial link to network

GBI to add land link to cable network
The new route will improve the robustness of the GBI network, says Mekky.

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is set to expand its fibre optic cable network with the first ever Gulf-Europe terrestrial link.

The new link will include diverse routes through Turkey and Iraq, to link Europe and the Gulf over land, and reduce latency times for connections. The new link will also provide an alternate route to undersea cables, which are prone to breakages.

"GBI's route through Iraq and Turkey represents a major milestone for both regional and international communications," said Ahmed Mekky, board member and CEO of GBI. "This more direct route will lead to faster connectivity via lower latency times, and the diversity we offer will reduce the likelihood of a reoccurrence of the three day internet outages of 2008. This investment is in line with our vision to connect the world to the Gulf and strongly underpins the continued ICT development across a region home to one sixth the world's population. In addition, Iraq is now emerging as a modern communications hub, with significant implications for the nation's economy and long-term development."

The GBI North Route will connect from the cable landing station at Al Faw, southern Iraq, across land through Iraq and Turkey, to Istanbul, and then on to Frankfurt in Germany.

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