Batelco, GCCIA launch BGN cable system

13 Jun 2016

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has announced the launch of Batelco Gulf Network (BGN), in a venture with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). The BGN terrestrial fibre-optic cable system spans 1,400km and runs over the GCCIA electricity power grid, offering high bandwidth and capacity connectivity to all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, with Batelco given full responsibility for managing the network. The cable can be interconnected with other regional submarine cables giving access to onward connectivity to Europe and Asia and major regional landing stations.

Batelco CEO Muna Al Hashemi commented: ‘Batelco is investing in the new system and also highly reliable equipment to operate and maintain it, as part of our endeavours in developing world class networking services to support the Kingdom’s efforts and promote Bahrain as a hub for innovative communications services.’