Batelco transforms BGN network after European expansion

19 February 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Batelco has announced its Gulf Network has expanded into Europe and as such has been transformed into Batelco Global Network (BGN).

The network, which runs over a protected state-of-the-art optical transport network (OTN), meets the demand for reliable high bandwidth connectivity and capacity serving the different needs of global services and customers while supporting very high capacity.

“This step will facilitate the provision of new and innovative services for the growing digital economy, which will support the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC in the field of communications,” said Adel Al-Daylami, chief global business officer at Batelco (pictured).

“Batelco’s comprehensive plans are designed to support the establishment of a robust national and international infrastructure. We are committed to strengthening our delivery to contribute towards Bahrain's presence as a major ICT hub, and we hope to build on this platform to ensure future success.”

Batelco has chosen Marseille to host its network. The company has deployed multi-service nodes in Marseille using high capacity optimised routes to provide the shortest latency, as it has garnered a reputation as the fastest growing interconnection hub in Europe over the past three years.

Marseille, where Capacity’s Subsea EMEA 2019 (09-10 July 2019) will be taking place, is an interconnection hub for the world’s leading businesses, and hosts a number of data centres and gateways to emerging markets and landing stations for major continental subsea cables.

Batelco Gulf Network had launched last year as an international cable system providing the GCC region with an additional option for regional and international connectivity solutions.

With consumers and businesses across the GCC consuming more bandwidth from both local and international providers, the new BGN addresses the demand. The expansion also enables Batelco to enter into new markets and extend its portfolio of services into Europe and beyond.

In November, Batelco established more connections with major global cloud and content delivery providers to further support the demands of enterprises and MNCs.