Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East's first privately owned submarine cable operator, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. Company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced the completion of works of the GBI cable system segments within the Gulf, the Gulf to India, the Gulf to Egypt, across Egypt and across the Mediterranean to Italy. GBI and TE SubCom are working together to achieve a final Ready for Service across the whole network within the coming few weeks.

“This achievement is a significant milestone for the Gulf region, which continues to experience unprecedented economic and social growth,” said Rashed Al Noaimi, Chairman, GBI. “The GBI cable system will facilitate both well into the future.” Ahmed Mekky, Board Member and CEO of GBI, adds: “It has always been our mission to deliver greater communications capacity and reliability to support the on-going growth in the region. TE SubCom has helped us accomplish that by completing a large scale project that connects three different regions of the world, in a timely manner.”

With a capacity of at least 5.18 terabits, the GBI cable system will enable real-time communications for telecommunications operators and other major industries, while encouraging a greater sophistication of service offerings. It is the first system of its kind to be installed in the region in more than a decade.

“We are pleased to have reached this stage with the ‘Gulf Ring' system alongside GBI and to have been a part of such a vital project for the Gulf region, where new subsea communications systems have been scarce,” said David Coughlan, CEO, TE SubCom. “The system will provide essential connectivity, capacity and resiliency to the Gulf countries and will enable future network expansion to meet mounting business needs in the region. “

About Gulf Bridge International

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is a private company dedicated to connecting all the nations of the Gulf region to one another and to the rest of the world, using the latest fiber optic technologies. The GBI cable will be developed and owned by GCC investors who are building this strategic infrastructure to serve the entire region. GBI intends to be the carrier's carrier of choice for traffic to and from the Gulf, facilitating social and economic growth in the region. GBI's cable system will provide telecom operators and other communications companies, both in the region and globally, with greater choice, value, diversity and resilience.

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About TE SubCom

TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The company designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed more than 490,000km of subsea communication cable–or enough to circle the earth more than 12 times at the equator. SubCom's global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.

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About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a global, $14 billion company that designs and manufactures approximately 500,000 products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside the products that touch every aspect of our lives. Our nearly 100,000 employees partner with customers in virtually every industry–from consumer electronics, energy and healthcare, to automotive, aerospace and communication networks–enabling smarter, faster, better technologies to connect products to possibilities. More information on TE Connectivity can be found at