GTT Communications and GBI jointly announced that they have formed a strategic relationship to provide enhanced services and connectivity in the Middle East.

As part of the agreement, GTT will be adding new points of presence (PoPs) in the Middle East, starting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar. Through this deployment, clients will be able to leverage GTT's global network while gaining access to GBI's extensive reach across the Middle East. The agreement will also provide GBI with connectivity to the United States and Europe.

"We are very pleased to partner with GBI on this initiative," said Rick Calder, president and chief executive officer of GTT. "Our clients include some of the largest enterprises in the world. The launch of these new PoPs will enable us to extend our network reach in the Middle East, furthering our goal of connecting our clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud."

"In addition to its alignment with our future growth plans, this expansion further supports GBI's transformation to a global multilayer service provider," said Amr Eid, chief executive officer of GBI. "GTT's leading Tier 1 IP network will broaden GBI's reach and allow us to deliver new, innovative services, both within and outside the Middle East."

GTT and GBI expect to further grow their working relationship by launching additional PoPs and services within the region.

As part of its strategy to expand and diversify Internet and global MPLS services, STC's Wholesale Business Unit has signed several important agreements, during first quarter of 2015, with major European Service Providers. Through these new relationships, STC intends to expand its international Point of Presence "PoPs" and its interconnection with global tier-1 Internet Providers.

STC's agreement with UK's Telecity Group will enable it to deploy new PoPs within two data centers in London and Amsterdam. As a complement, STC also signed a master interconnection agreement with LINIX and another agreement with AMSIX in order to further enhance the reliability of STC's service offerings.

Dr. Homoud Al Kussayer, STC's VP for Wholesale stated, "With these new arrangements, STC will continue to extend its global reach with access to key countries in Western Europe. STC shall continue to spare no effort in maintaining its regional leadership via a state-of-art network infrastructure, that addresses its domestic and regional customer requirements for innovative, high-quality and reliable telecom solutions that meet the highest international standards."

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