GBI builds 100G bridge across the Mediterranean

GBI and Xtera cross the Mediterranean with the first 100G repeatered submarine link
Ahmed Mekky, CEO of GBI Inc.
Ahmed Mekky, CEO of GBI Inc.


Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a Middle East-based subsea cable operator, has activated a 100G submarine cable connecting Egypt and Italy across the Mediterranean.

The cable, which was built by Xtera Communications Inc, a provider of optical networking technology, is believed to be the first commercial repeatered submarine cable system in service with 100G technology.

Xtera deployed its multi-purpose Nu-Wave OptimaTM platform in a Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE) configuration, delivering 100G waves on a fibre pair for the crossing.

The crossing is a key component of GBI’s cable system, which connects the Middle East and Africa to Asia and Europe.
“We are pleased to be working with Xtera to achieve this landmark 100G deployment in the Mediterranean,” said Ahmed Mekky, CEO of GBI.

“Today’s announcement reflects our ongoing commitment to be the region’s most advanced subsea cable operator and to ensure that our customers benefit from the latest technological advancements.”

GBI announced the completion of the main part of its fibre-optic cable in February.

Click here to visit a photo gallery showing GBI's subsea cable deployment.

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