GBI and Xtera connect Egypt to Italy

The subsea cable connects Abu Talat in Egypt to Mazara del Vallo, Italy
GBI's CEO, Ahmed Mekky.
GBI's CEO, Ahmed Mekky.


GBI and Xtera Communications Inc have connected Egypt and Italy with a 100G capacity cable. The cable runs from Zafarana cable landing station in Egypt on the Red Sea and Milan Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Italy.

Xtera deployed its multi-purpose Nu-Wave Optima platform in submarine and terrestrial line terminal equipment configurations delivering 100G waves across the 5,000-km Zafarana-to-Milan route.

The subsea cable connects Abu Talat in Egypt to Mazara del Vallo, Italy and has been in service since the first quarter of 2012. It is the first commercial repeatered submarine cable system with 100G technology.

“We are pleased to be working with Xtera to achieve this landmark 100G deployment in the Mediterranean,” commented 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.”

“Through the completion of backhaul networks in Egypt and Italy, coupled with the first 100G commercial repeatered subsea link, Xtera is extremely pleased to be part of GBI’s ambitious project to improve the international connections to the Middle East,” said Jon Hopper, president and CEO of Xtera. “GBI’s selection of Nu-Wave Optima platform further demonstrates the relevancy of Xtera’s advanced 100G and optical amplification technologies to improve the capacity and efficiency of any type of optical long-haul transmission infrastructures.”

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