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Airtel Acquires India Leg of GBI Submarine Cable

Bharti Airtel and Gulf Bridge International (GBI) have announced a strategic agreement to unlock the capacity on GBI’s India–Middle East-Europe submarine cable system. Under the agreement, Airtel will acquire the ownership of the India leg of GBI’s India–Middle East-Europe submarine cable. Airtel will also pick up a significant capacity on Middle East–Europe leg of GBI’s cable system.

Airtel and GBI have also agreed to formulate joint Go to Market strategies and leverage the footprint of their respective global networks to serve global customers.

With this new investment Airtel has further consolidated its leading position as a global capacity provider. It now has large capacities – owned and leased – on multiple international submarine cable systems and offers the maximum number of routes between India and Europe. GBI’s cable asset will complement Airtel’s existing global network viz. IMEWE, EIG, SMW4, and MENA and add significant long-term bandwidth capacity, enabling it to serve the booming data demand across emerging markets like India and Africa.

GBI is a multilayer terrestrial and subsea cable meshed network that bridges the East to the West through the Middle East, empowers businesses, connects societies, and contributes to the region’s transformation toward knowledge-based economies. Its agility, business innovation, and diverse portfolio of services make it a partner of choice for carriers, ISPs, governments, and the smart living ecosystem. It is a carrier’s carrier and an enterprise global managed services provider dedicated to turning the region into a global connectivity hub.

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