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GBI boosts network capacity ahead of World Cup

GBI deployed Infinera’s ICE6 800G optical engine across its submarine and terrestrial networks between the Middle East and Europe in order to rapidly and seamlessly integrate this new technology over its existing third-party optical line system by leveraging open optical networking principles. The integration of this technology enables GBI to provide high-speed streaming of the World Cup and offer 400GbE services to its customers.

Infinera’s ICE6-powered GX Series solution is designed to deliver the capacity needed to meet increasing bandwidth demand to ensure that GBI’s customers enjoy a high-quality, uninterrupted game-day experience during the football competition and beyond. It will also allow the company to minimise the cost-per-bit of its submarine and terrestrial networks while also maximising spectral efficiency and fibre capacity. This is achieved through features such as Nyquist subcarriers, forward error correction gain sharing, and PIC-based technology.

Gavin Rea, Chief Technical Officer at GBI says: “Upgrading our networks with Infinera’s ICE6 solution was easy and seamless, allowing us to leverage our existing optical transport architecture while upgrading our network to meet today’s demand. With the World Cup quickly approaching, it was critical for us to ensure our network had the terabits of capacity needed to give our customers reliable, high-speed service to deliver the best viewing experience. That’s exactly what we’ll be offering our customers across Europe and the Middle East this week thanks to Infinera.”

Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera adds: “Modernising GBI’s submarine and terrestrial Smart Network with Infinera’s ICE6 solution is a significant step forward in ensuring GBI remains a leading service provider, offering differentiated services such as 400 GbE to its customers. GBI operates key routes throughout the Middle East and European markets, and we are pleased to equip them with the highest capacity and most innovative services available.”


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