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Press Release -- August 24th, 2011
Source: Gulf Bridge International
Tags: 100G, 40G, DWDM, Submarine Cable

GBI achieves an industry-wide milestone by offering 100G on its Wholly-Owned Undersea Cable Across the Gulf

GBI has become the first undersea cable operator to offer its customers 100 gigabit per second (100G) connectivity setting the pace for a new era of capacity demand

Doha, Qatar, 24 August, 2011: Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Gulf’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, is the first operator to offer true 100G connectivity on parts of  its undersea cable network. GBI has made the move to 100G to meet growing demand from the carrier community for high-capacity services that bridge Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 100G signals a new era of interconnectedness and demonstrates the kinds of technological innovation happening in the Middle East.

GBI has invested $500 million in its network infrastructure and committed to delivering future-proof network technology that is ready to meet the capacity demands of today as well as tomorrow. The networking technology uses state-of-the-art DWDM technology and total system design capacity has increased to close to 10 Terabits per second on certain sections

“100G has been something that has been discussed in the industry for a long time and GBI is proud to be the operator to usher in this new era of undersea cable connectivity. As capacity demands continue to grow aggressively, GBI made the decision to use the latest in technology and ensure that we are prepared to meet the demands of our customers in the long term,” says Ahmed Mekky, founder and CEO of GBI. “The emerging markets have only begun to see the benefits of increased connectivity and we will see exciting growth in these markets challenging operators to keep up. GBI has built its business to meet these capacity challenges. ”

As a result of this announcement and the recent announcements of the our extended coverage across Europe, the GBI network is now going much further and faster than originally envisaged, and is indicative of GBI’s commitment to be an industry leader.

“GBI is driving the industry forward in terms of network technology. The company has embraced 40G and is looking toward the future by going live with 100G. As the first subsea cable operator to go live with 100G on its network, GBI is setting the pace for undersea cable network deployments in the telecoms market,” stated Mr. Samih Kawar, GBI’s CTO.

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About Gulf Bridge International

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is a private company dedicated to connecting all the nations of the Gulf region to one another and to the rest of the world, using the latest fiber optic technologies. The GBI cable will be developed and owned by GCC investors who are building this strategic infrastructure to serve the entire region. GBI intends to be the carrier’s carrier of choice for traffic to and from the Gulf, facilitating social and economic growth in the region. GBI’s cable system will provide telecom operators and other communications companies, both in the region and globally, with greater choice, value, diversity and resilience. For more information, please visit www.gbiinc.com

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