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GBI seals deal with IPTC to land submarine cable

9 Nov 2009

Middle Eastern submarine cable operator Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has signed an agreement with Iraqi telecoms service provider Iraq Telecommunications and Post Company (IPTC) to establish a landing site for the former’s fibre-optic submarine cable system in Iraq, AMEinfo reports. The network will connect the Gulf region states in a ‘Gulf Ring system’, as well as providing onward telecoms connectivity to the Far East and Europe. The cable system allows for the option to upgrade to a true 64×40Gbps per fibre pair system, enabling real time communications for operators and major industries. ‘The landing of GBI’s new undersea telecommunications cable is a historic event, as it is the first cable to be landed in Iraq,’ commented GBI’s chairman, Rashid Al-Noaimi, adding, ‘This step will certainly improve Iraqi economic performance especially in the telecommunication sector, motivate the development process and facilitate various business investments.’

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