NEW DELHI: India’s market leader Bharti Airtel and Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a cloud provider for the Middle-East and Europe, Tuesday entered into an strategic agreement to scale up 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, and it will also pick up a significant capacity on Middle East-Europe leg of GBI’s cable system, the Gurgaon-based telco in a statement said.
Both, Bharti Airtel and GBI have also agreed to formulate joint Go to Market strategies and leverage the footprint of their respective global networks to serve customers worldwide.
“With this, we are adding a large capacity to meet the growing data, content demand in markets like India as well as serve the connectivity needs of global carriers and enterprise customers,” Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO for Global Voice and Data Business, Bharti Airtel said.
The partnership, according to the executive, would offer synergies for Airtel and GBI to build on each other’s strengths in their respective markets.
Sunil Mittal-driven telco has now has large capacities – owned and leased – on multiple international submarine cable systems and offers the maximum number of routes between India and Europe, according to it.
“We are committed to build a sustainable network in partnership with global leaders, with an ultimate goal to offer the best user experience to our partners and end-users,” Abdulla Al Rwaili, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of GBI said.