Qatar has played host to the second of two cable landings by the Middle Eastern submarine cable operator Gulf Bridge International. The cable, one of ten planned for the Gulf region, will connect to a landing station purpose-built by the operator Qtel in partnership with GBI.
Due for launch later this year, GBI’s Cable System is a high capacity, fibre-optic communications cable which will connect all the countries of the Gulf region to each other and provide onward connectivity to Europe, Africa and Asia.
GBI’s Board Member and CEO, Mr. Ahmed Mekky said: “The double landing of the GBI cable system in Qatar will further enhance Qatar’s position in the region as a strategic business and communications hub.”
Ahmed Al-Derbesti, Executive Director, International Services, Qtel, said: “The new connection, will ensure seamless and uninterrupted communication for Qatar and the wider region.”
Qtel’s international connectivity strategy has seen the company develop a world-class network throughout Qatar, supported by connections with global networks to help improve connectivity and provide the foundations for next generation communication technology.
Within the coming months, the cable ship “Responder” will continue the installation process of the GBI Cable System, which is configured as a self-healing ring within the Gulf. The GBI Cable System deploys several state-of-the-art technologies, such as the new dual-stage repeaters and wavelength monitoring units that guarantee facilitate operations throughout the system.