05 April 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Gulf carrier GBI has joined Etisalat’s carrier neutral SmartHub internet exchange in Dubai.
The connection "will enhance our network and the diversity
of our routes providing access to the region’s
markets", said GBI’s CEO, Amr Eid.
Etisalat launched the SmartHub internet exchange four years
ago and companies such as Telstra and Telekom Malaysia are already connected. Aicent, since bought by Syniverse, also
Ali Amiri, group carrier and wholesale officer at Etisalat,
said, "We are glad to host GBI into our ecosystem. This
partnership will add greater value to the SmartHub platform
further enriching our global network and connectivity
Etisalat said its SmartHub internet exchange is designed to
handle significant end-user traffic and to make internet
communication easier and cost-effective.
The hub "works towards providing a resilient, redundant and
robust network with efficient engineering support", said
Etisalat. "Etisalat offers a world class infrastructure and
environment to clients seeking to broaden their exposure and
growth into new productive and emerging global arena."
At its launch Etisalat said that the SmartHub was designed to
connect a range of multiple diverse and international networks
to several internet exchange platforms around the world,
including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Singapore, New York and
Los Angeles. Telstra launched a point of presence at the hub
two years ago.