A regional first: GBI pioneers multi-national SD-WAN in Middle East and Africa with Nuage Networks

17 June 2019

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced inter-connect carrier Gulf Bridge International (GBI) will use the Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 solution to offer their enterprise customers optimized connectivity between branches and private and public clouds. Customers within GBI’s 26+ country presence can reduce their operational overhead with the new service. This deal marks the first extension of a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) to the public cloud in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

GBI provides managed IP services to hundreds of enterprise customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Asia. With this new solution, GBI’s customers can set up automated services with specific policies related to availability, reliability or security, via one, unified interface. This includes dynamic responses to security threats such as distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) and the ability to monitor capacity and distribute it manually or automatically in order to meet the bandwidth needs of individual branches or data centers.

Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO of GBI, said: “We believe Nuage’s SD-WAN solution will completely change the future of business connectivity services for our enterprise customers. As the largest provider of connectivity in our market, we see SD-WAN as the icing on the cake that will further reinforce the confidence, loyalty and trust of our many business customers. With GBI products and the SD-WAN technology, we are delivering more capabilities and bringing more value to our customers.”

Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nuage Networks, said: “Contributing to this one-of-a-kind service for the region presents immense opportunity for Nuage Networks. By integrating our SD-WAN solution with GBI’s extensive network, their enterprise customers will reduce operational overhead and have the ability to create a highly secure and dynamic network to connect all their branches and users to both public and private clouds – at a global scale.”

About Nuage Networks from Nokia

Nu-âhj: From French, meaning “cloud.” Nuage Networks from Nokia brings a combination of technologies and networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries. The Silicon Valley-based business has applied new thinking to the problem of delivering massively scalable and highly programmable SDN solutions within and across the datacenter and out to the wide area network with the security and availability required by business-critical environments. Nuage Networks, backed by the IP/Optical Networks business of Nokia, has the pedigree to serve the needs of the world’s biggest clouds. The cloud has made promises – the mission of Nuage Networks is to help you realize them.

About Nokia

We create the technology to connect the world. We develop and deliver the industry’s only end-to-end portfolio of network equipment, software, services and licensing that is available globally. Our customers include communications service providers whose combined networks support 6.1 billion subscriptions, as well as enterprises in the private and public sector that use our network portfolio to increase productivity and enrich lives.

Through our research teams, including the world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs, we are leading the world to adopt end-to-end 5G networks that are faster, more secure and capable of revolutionizing lives, economies and societies. Nokia adheres to the highest ethical business standards as we create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity. www.nokia.com

About GBI

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler that owns and operates a smart, fully managed service network. Our multilayer terrestrial and subsea cable meshed network bridges the East to the West through the Middle East, empowers businesses, connects societies and contributes to the region’s transformation towards knowledge-based economies. Our agility, business innovation and diverse portfolio of services make us a partner of choice for carriers, ISPs, governments, and the smart living ecosystem. We are 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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Qatar Charity receives food items from Gulf Bridge International

Qatar Charity (QC) received essential food items from the Gulf Bridge International (GBI), which are to be distributed to low-income families under Qatar Charity’s “Ramadan Supply” project.

This comes as part of its corporate social responsibility towards the community and country where it runs its business.

Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO of GBI and Fareed Khaleel Al Siddieqy, director of Projects and Centers Department at Qatar Charity were present at the collection of the donated items at the GBI office in Qatar Science and Technology Park and were pleased with the amount of goods offered.

This contribution comes from GBI, as part of the “Ramadan Drive”, an internal campaign launched by the company to encourage its employees to give back to the local community and make a difference.

Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO of GBI, said, “This was our first initiative and we are very happy to have been able to participate and give back during the holy month of Ramadan. We also look forward to continuing to work with Qatar Charity with various upcoming initiatives to make a positive impact in our community in Qatar.”

Mr. Ali Al Ghareeb, director of the Local Development Department at Qatar Charity expressed his thanks and appreciation for this humanitarian initiative from GBl, emphasizing the keenness of Qatar Charity to cooperate with various public and private sector institutions to achieve its mission and reach out to the largest number of beneficiaries in the community.

It is worth mentioning that the Ramadan Supply project provides essential foodstuffs for the month of Ramadan to families with limited income, through the distribution of coupons or food items donated by companies and individuals. The total cost of this project for this year is estimated at QR 1.2mn, benefiting 10,000 people with low incomes.


Q&A with Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO of Gulf Bridge International (GBI)

Ahead of Capacity Middle East, we spoke to Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO of GBI, about the company’s strategic priorities in the Middle Eastern region.

What makes the Middle East region an attractive market for GBI to operate in?

The Middle East still enjoys a significant year-on-year growth in wholesale data and enterprise services. GBI’s advanced network in the region puts it in a strategic position to deliver these services with the highest quality and lowest latency for both carriers and enterprise customers. GBI understands the specific dynamics of the Middle East market and tailors its solutions to meet the requirements.

What are your strategic priorities over the year and what major trends do you see occurring in the Middle Eastern market?

We are focusing on advancing our product portfolio while keeping customer satisfaction and quality at the top of our minds. We also look for ways to further increase our footprint through new routes that provide diversity and choice to our customers. We expect to make several announcements on new partnerships and product launches.

The Middle East region successfully transitions from being followers to being at the forefront of innovators. We will continue to see the global companies’ presence increasing in the region and the regional companies’ presence increasing globally.

What are some of the challenges of operating in the Middle Eastern market and how do you overcome these?

The Middle East has a unique way of doing business which heavily relies upon your reputation and credibility. Many of your customers are also your suppliers and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship is key to long-term sustainable business. However, as in any other place, the best way to prevail in business is making your customers happy and being regarded as a valuable partner. GBI takes pride in both of these values and strives to challenge itself to continuously improve.

Additionally, the regulatory environment in the region may pose many challenges but maintaining an open communication platform with the local authorities for the benefit of the respective countries help overcome these challenges.

What does GBI hope to achieve by attending Capacity Middle East 2019?

We love to see our customers, partners and vendors all in one place over a few days where we not only talk about business opportunities but also work together to contribute to the advancement of the region.
We are also going through some significant transitions at GBI and would like to inform the industry on these developments.

Lastly, we are fully committed to the Middle East region and would like to reinforce this message to the whole community.


*Originally Published on Capacity Media Website*


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