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Gulf Bridge International, Xtera Enable 100G Connectivity between Egypt and Milan, Italy

October 17, 2012

Gulf Bridge International, Xtera Enable 100G Connectivity between Egypt and Milan, Italy

By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributor

Gulf Bridge International, a carrier neutral regional network operator in the Middle East, and Xtera Communications (News - Alert) announced the completion of full 100G deployment between Zafarana cable landing station in Egypt on the Red Sea and Milan Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Italy.

“We are pleased to be working with Xtera to achieve this landmark 100G deployment in the Mediterranean,” said Ahmed Mekky (News - Alert), Board Member and CEO of GBI. “Today’s announcement reflects our ongoing commitment to be the region's most advanced subsea cable operator and to ensure that our customers benefit from the latest technological advancements.”

According to officials, Xtera, specializing in optical networking solutions, has deployed its multi-purpose Nu-Wave Optima platform in submarine and terrestrial line terminal equipment configurations. The Nu-Wave Optima platform comprises of a modular optical transport system optimized for long-haul, un-repeatered and regional repeatered submarine applications.

Xtera’s Nu-Wave Optima features soft-decision Forward Error Correction and is an advanced 100G solution suiting multiple optical networking applications like terrestrial backbone networks.

“Through the completion of backhaul networks in Egypt and Italy, coupled with the first 100G commercial repeatered subsea link, Xtera is extremely pleased to be part of GBI’s ambitious project to improve the international connections to the Middle East,” said Jon Hopper, president and CEO of Xtera.

“GBI’s selection of Nu-Wave Optima platform further demonstrates the relevancy of Xtera’s advanced 100G and optical amplification technologies to improve the capacity and efficiency of any type of optical long-haul transmission infrastructures,” added Hopper.

A mix of fiber types have been employed in the 4,900-km Italy backhaul network. The Italy and Egypt backhaul networks feature an installed design capacity of 90 x 100G. Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) have been used in the deployment to ensure network resiliency so that traffic restoration is fast during fiber plant failures.

In June 2012, Bahrain-based telecommunications firm, Batelco inked an agreement with Gulf Bridge International (News - Alert) (GBI), to connect Bahrain with the GBI cable system. The GBI Cable System uses fiber optic cable technology connecting every country of the Gulf region using a core ring. It also offers forward connectivity to Europe and Asia.

The GBI Cable System, with a design capacity of up to 10 terabits per second, can meet the fast growth in demand for traffic originating and terminating in the Arabian Gulf.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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