With telecom news in the USA at low ebb before Labor day, a bit of news from overseas is quite welcome. Gulf Bridge International (GBI), which is planning a new cable connecting the nations of the Persian Gulf to each other and to both India and Europe, has chosen the David Ross Group (DRG) to manage the effort, according to an announcement this morning. DRG specializes in this kind of development work for submarine cables and is a natural choice, though personally I don't envy anyone trying to work in that part of the world.
It's not every day I come upon a new network map, so GBI's will go on my list of Asia/Pacific/Australia Maps:
It's nice to see another region of the world recognizing the critical role such infrastructure plays, and taking the initiative to build major bandwidth - Gulf Bridge International is locally owned and operated. Tyco was awarded the construction contract in May , and the cable is expected to be in service by 2011. The initial system design capacity will be 2.56 Tbps - they're not generating that much data yet in the Persian Gulf are they? In a few years though, hopefully everyone will.
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