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Cable Technology Feature Article

February 09, 2010

GBI, Vodafone Boost Qatar's Communications Infrastructure

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Mobile operator Vodafone Qatar reportedly will provide a landing station for Gulf Bridge International’s (GBI) cable in Qatar.

The Middle East’s privately owned submarine cable operator’s GBI Cable System will utilize the latest subsea fiber cable technology to connect all the countries of the Gulf region to each other and provide onward connectivity to Europe and Asia.

Communication will considerably improve in the region and across the world thanks to the launch of GBI’s cable system that will provide telecom operators and other communications companies with greater choice, value, diversity and resilience.

The GBI cable system is scheduled to launch in 2011 and designed to operate for up to 25 years. According to a release, this system will connect all the Gulf countries via a core ring, which can re-route traffic thereby increasing resilience.

This system boasts a design capacity of up to 5 terabits per second on certain cable sections, and has the capability to meet the burgeoning demand that has been forecast for traffic originating and terminating in Gulf.

In a release Hamad Al Mannai, GBI’s executive vice chairman said that GBI is pleased to have Vodafone (News - Alert) Qatar as a landing partner in Qatar and this agreement will help meet the increasing demands of international connectivity to and from Qatar.

Qatar is currently developing its knowledge based economy and partnering with Vodafone Qatar will help GBI to address that growth. Mannai added that this agreement will also enable the outreach of a valuable infrastructure as a key asset to the Qatari nation.

CEO of Vodafone Qatar Grahame Maher noted that this new landing station will help Vodafone to bring better service and better value as well. Eventually, this deal will bring a significant difference in the lives of all the people in Qatar.

“Partnering with Vodafone Qatar takes GBI one step closer to fulfilling our implementation plans,” said Ahmed Mekky, GBI’s CEO. “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.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard