Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East's first privately owned regional cable operator, said yesterday that its undersea cable system, which connects the Middle East and Africa to Asia and Europe, is ready for service.
The system, which will deliver much-needed capacity to the Gulf region, connects Qatar, the UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia in a ring configuration, with onward connectivity to India and Europe and additional connectivity to follow in the coming months
GBI made the announcement with undersea cable specialist TE SubCom, which deployed the cable system.
The GBI cable system will enable future network expansion and has a capacity of at least 5.18 terabits, according to Ahmed Mekky, CEO of GBI.
"Achieving this status for our cable system puts GBI one step closer toward accomplishing our mission to connect the world to the Gulf," Mekky said. "Our high capacity system addresses increasing demand and will foster economic and social growth throughout all Gulf countries."
He added that between 2007 and 2011, capacity demand in the region has doubled roughly every year and today stands at 1.9TBPS. “It is no stretch of the imagination o forecast that in a few years, demand with reach 8TBPS,” he said.
GBI was established in 2008 and is backed by about six Gulf sovereign wealth funds.