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Press Release -- May 31st, 2011
Source: Interoute
Tags: 100G, Colocation, Submarine Cable

GBI and Interoute Announce Two European Agreements

GBI and Interoute to offer seamless communications between the Gulf and Europe

Doha Qatar, 31st May 2011– Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and Interoute, owner operator of Europe’s most advanced next-generation network, are pleased to announce two new agreements, which will be delivered on the network extension agreement that was signed in Nairobi last year.

Italian Terrestrial Network Agreement

Under the terms of the Italian Terrestrial Network Agreement, Interoute will provide GBI with a fully diverse  route from GBI’s landing station in Mazara Sicily to Interoute’s Milan POP at via Caldera.

European Network Agreement

The European Network Agreement will see GBI and Interoute integrate their Networks and provides GBI with access to Europe on the most advanced and densely connected voice and data network and affords connectivity to the major centers of Milan, London, Paris, Marseilles, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. This will be fully protected, resilient  and will be designed and deployed as a fully 100g capable network.

“I am delighted that we are working with Interoute and that we are building on the agreement we signed with Interoute last year.” stated Mr. Ahmed Mekky, Board Member and CEO of GBI “This is a major milestone for GBI, as we deliver on our promise to Connect 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 both of our companies to offer the most comprehensive coverage between Europe and the Middle East.”

Gareth Williams, CEO at 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. We are very excited to be working closely with GBI again to further strengthen the communications bridge between the continents and meet this demand.”

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

For more information, please contact:

Krikor Khatchikian

Telephone:         + 974 5576 3965

Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations, Doha, Qatar for GBI


About Interoute

Interoute is the owner/operator of Europe’s most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, encompassing over 60,000 km of lit fibre, 8 Data Centres, 32 purpose-built colocation centres and on-net to another 150 partner Data Centres across the European footprint. Interoute’s full-service next generation network serves internationalenterprises from a broad range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, finance, pharmaceutical and retail, plus every major European incumbent, as well as the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments, universities and research agencies. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for hosting content, providing wholesale bandwidth and transit services, corporate connectivity or creating new services. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, in North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe’s major business centres. Providing service and support in 15 European languages, Interoute is a key part of Europe’s Digital Supply Chain. The network is future-proofed, endowed with Europe’s largest fibre and duct reserve, and is a leader in the deployment of advanced network technologies, from the ground to the Cloud.

PR contacts – Interoute:

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+44 (0) 20 7842 3200

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