[zawya] The Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a newly established privately owned submarine cable operator in the Middle East will provide a landing station to Vodafone Qatar for GBI's cable in Qatar. An agreement to this effect was signed by the two companies.
The GBI cable system, which will utilize the latest subsea fiber cable technology, will connect all the countries of the Gulf region to each other and provide onward connectivity to Europe and Asia.
Commenting on the agreement, Hamad Al Mannai, GBI's executive vice chairman said "GBI is excited to have Vodafone Qatar as a landing partner in Qatar. The international connectivity requirement to and from Qatar is growing rapidly, as Qatar develops its knowledge based economy. Partnering with Vodafone Qatar, we will be able to address that growth besides enabling the outreach of a valuable infrastructure as a key asset to the Qatari nation."
"This new landing station will enable Vodafone to bring better service and better value as well, ultimately making a world of difference for all people in Qatar," said CEO of Vodafone Qatar Grahame Maher
Ahmed Mekky, GBI's CEO said, "We believe that once operational, the GBI cable system will play a key role in facilitating communications and enabling the region to grow both socially and economically. "
Scheduled to launch in 2011 and designed to operate for up to 25 years, the GBI cable system will connect all the Gulf countries via a core ring, which can re-route traffic thereby increasing resilience.
With a design capacity of up to five 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, the company said yesterday.
Vodafone signs landing station deal with GBI