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Iranian TIC, Gulf Bridge agree on submarine cable

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) and Iran’s TIC have signed an agreement for GBI’s submarine cable to enter Iran. The newly established submarine cable operator and TIC, which is the sole provider of telecoms infrastructure to all private and public operators in Iran, inked the agreement on 21 April. TIC is also the sole responsible party for all international gateways and IP capacity and connectivity services in the country.

GBI's plan to land its submarine cable in Iran aligns with the strategic plans of TIC of Iran. In addition, this agreement will facilitate onward connectivity to many central Asian countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. The GBI cable network is planned to connect Iran with the Gulf region and the rest of the world via a reliable, high-capacity submarine fibre-optic cable linking the region to India and the Far East via the East Route and to Europe via the West Route.

Commenting on the landing of GBI's cable in Iran, Hamad Almannai, GBI's Executive Vice-Chairman, said "Landing our cable in Iran is part of GBI's plan and full commitment toward connecting the Gulf to the whole world with a reliable cable infrastructure.

Commenting on the link-up between GBI and TIC in Iran,  Mahmoud Khosravi, TIC Managing Director, said, "TIC is happy to land GBI in Iran which will be a great addition and expansion to Iran’s international connectivity”.

Designed to operate for 25 years and enter service during 2011, GBI’s cable will exploit the commercial opportunity provided by the increasing demand for reliable high-speed telecommunications capacity in the Gulf region. In order to achieve this, GBI’s cable is designed to meet all current and anticipated future capacity demands across the Gulf Region, incorporating a design capacity of 5Tb/s on certain cable sections.

* GBI is a private company dedicated to connecting all the nations of the Gulf region to one another and to the rest of the world, using the latest fibre-optic technologies. The GBI cable will be developed and owned by GCC investors who are building this strategic infrastructure to serve the entire region.

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