May 1, 2016, Dubai: Airtel Business and GBI, a global service provider that owns and operates a multilayer carrier neutral network connecting the world to the Middle East, have announced a strategic partnership which will increase Airtel’s direct reach to multiple new countries in the Middle East and will offer GBI’s partners better connectivity.
Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO-Global Voice and Data Business, Bharti Airtel Ltd said, “We are committed to providing the best in class service experience to our customers in the region and globally. This new partnership with GBI is a significant step in that direction. GBI being a key network asset for the region will not only improve our customers’ experience and reach but would also enable GBI’s customers to experience a seamless extension on the Airtel Global network spanning across 50 countries across 5 continents”.
Amr Eid, Acting Chief Executive Officer and CCO of GBI said, “We are delighted to partner with Airtel, to extend our network reach to Airtel’s customers and to further enhance the benefits of our value propositions for customers and partners.”
The partnership is in line with the long-term strategy of Airtel Business, considering the long-term potential for the Middle East market.
Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is a global service provider that owns and operates a multilayer carrier neutral network connecting the world to the Middle East. The GBI network connects the Middle East to Singapore towards the East and Egypt on the West, using two alternative terrestrial routes to protect traffic, crossing the Mediterranean to Italy into major European cities. Ensuring diversity by establishing its North Route, this new link from the Gulf to Europe via Iraq and Turkey added an ultra-low latency link from the GCC straight to the heart of Europe.
GBI is a carriers’ carrier for telecom operators, ISPs and governments throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia offering capacity and a portfolio of wholesale and enterprise services on a protected Network. GBI is a catalyst for growth.
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Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 328 million customers across its operations at the end of May 2015.
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