Gulf Finance House Signs Strategic Alliance with AT&T and NavLink

Published May 25th, 2008 - 11:42 GMT

Gulf Finance House Signs Strategic Alliance with AT&T and NavLink

Gulf Finance House (GFH), originator of industry specific economic infrastructure initiatives across the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Asia, announced today a strategic alliance with AT&T and NavLink, a company in which AT&T has an equity holding. 

Under the terms of this alliance, AT&T will make its advanced telecommunications infrastructure technology and implementation know-how available to commercial tenants across GFH’s Energy and Telecom Cities. Energy City Qatar, and the Telecom City in Mumbai will be amongst the first to benefit from access to AT&T’s global network. This agreement builds on the previously announced memorandum of understanding signed by AT&T and NavLink with Energy City Qatar announced in March of this year.

This announcement underlines GFH‘s commitment to aggregating the very best partners in supporting its Energy and Telecom Cities worldwide. Physical facilities will be built at each location to house the infrastructure required to equip a carrier class internet data centre (IDC) and a local network operations centre (NOC). Accordingly, commercial tenants will enjoy access to the latest in reliable networking infrastructure that conforms to AT&T’s standards.  AT&T will work with local network providers to deliver global and local network services for the tenants of these developments.

In the MENA region, AT&T and NavLink will together deliver and maintain the network management tools and utilize both the NOCs and IDCs to provide the complete range of world-class AT&T managed hosting services to the GFH developments’ commercial tenants.

GFH is committed to providing the best telecom, wireless and data services to the future tenants of their Energy Cities, and believes this will deliver an environment that will attract the biggest names in the global energy sector.

“Our alliance with GFH and their pioneering projects in the region constitute a huge step forward in our support to the ever growing demand of high end communication infrastructure in the Middle East, North Africa and India,” said John Gibson, president of AT&T Business Development for Middle East and North Africa. “Energy Cities are the ideal vehicle for our objectives in the region and AT&T is pleased to play such an important role in these prestigious economic infrastructure projects.”

Peter Panayiotou, Acting CEO of GFH said:, “We are committed to creating world- class facilities in all our Energy and Telecom Cities, and this can be achieved by choosing the best partners to support our vision.  IT and communication infrastructure is increasingly acknowledged as the backbone of all commercial enterprises, therefore we have chosen world leaders, AT&T and NavLink,to fulfill our ambitions.” 


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