GBI extends relationship with Ciena in Middle East

Middle Eastern service provider Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is deploying Ciena’s Converged Packet-Optical Networking solutions.

The move is aimed at meeting the region's increasing demand for connectivity, with GBI’s Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Abdulla Al Rwaili saying: "We have recognised that the ever-increasing bandwidth usage in the region has created a demand for customised services and greater network upgrades. The investments in greater network intelligence will help us deliver on the current and future needs of our customers and partners."

Ed McCormack, Vice President and General Manager of Submarine Systems at Ciena, comments, "With Ciena's solutions underpinning GBI's submarine and terrestrial cables, GBI will have a fully optimised end-to-end network. This massive capacity enhancement also means that GBI is well positioned to accommodate growth and help its customers facilitate the demand for high-bandwidth applications, such as those needed for video and cloud services."

Deploying Ciena's solutions will enforce GBI's advanced portfolio of enterprise and wholesale Ethernet services and will enable network flexibility and scalability. The deployment of upgrades of 100G and 200G wavelengths on GBI's submarine segments is believed to be the first deployment of such technology in the region. It will increase GBI's network capacity twenty-fold, an enhancement that will enable GBI to offer differentiated, premium business and wholesale services across the region.


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