Vodafone Qatar has signed a deal with Middle East submarine cable operator Gulf Bridge International (GBI)to provide a landing station for GBI’s forthcoming cable service in the Gulf region.
The GBI Cable System, which will utilise the latest subsea fibre cable technology, will connect all Gulf Arab countries via a core ring that can re-route traffic, thereby increasing resilience while providing onward connectivity to Europe and Asia.
Scheduled to launch in 2011 and designed to operate for up to 25 years, the cable system will provide up to 5 terabits per second capacity on certain cable sections.
GBI claims the cable system will provide telecom operators and other communications companies with greater choice, value, diversity and resilience.
“Partnering with Vodafone Qatar takes GBI one step closer to fulfilling our implementation plans,” said GBI CEO Ahmed Mekky. “We believe that once operational, the GBI cable system will play a key role in facilitating communications and enabling the region to grow both socially and economically.”