GBM helps Bahrain Internet
Exchange in national project
From left to right: Mohamed E. Al-Thawadi, Executive Director, BIX and Abdulla Ishaq,
Country General Manager, GBM.
Executive Summary Challenge
The mission and objectives of Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX) are:
Customer Name To reduce international internet connectivity rates borne by ISPs and customers.
Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX) To provide high speed internet at low-cost.
To enhance the broadband services in the Kingdom.
Industry To increase the local internet websites.
Government. Follows Ministry of Enhancing the telecom infrastructure to a great extent.
Transportation. Enhancing the country’s broadband infrastructure in line with the national
transformational plan to invest in a high speed and cost effective broadband
Location network that addresses the specific needs of key sectors.
To increase the quality of the internet connection in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Number of Employees
In order to meet the mission and objectives of the BIX, GBM and Cisco® proposed a
Challenge solution to build the National Broadband Network (NBN) for BIX to cover the Kingdom
Enhance and Increase the Internet of Bahrain. This is made up of an IPoDWDM solution which is comprised by IP
Bandwidth Components, and DWDM components, in addition to the Network Management
Develop service enabled Solution through Cisco Transport Manager and Cisco IP Solution Center.
Reduce the cost of the Internet The National Broadband Network (NBN) is the Government of Bahrain Initiative which
and International connectivity will be available on an open access basis, at fair and reasonable prices, capacity on the
fiber-optic network of the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) utilising those fibers
Solution that are in access of the direct needs to the EWA in order to increase Government
Cisco IPoDWDM effectiveness and assist in accelerating economic diversification.
Cisco Network and Management
The project scope is to provide design, installation, and implementation support
Metro Ethernet Switches
services for BIX National Broadband Network (NBN) related to the following three
Results technologies: Infrastructure IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS), Optical
Enhance Telecom Infrastructure Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), and Network Management Systems (NMS).
Develop and leverage eService on
the national level Infrastructure Scope will cover the design, site preparation, installation preparation,
Enhance the link bandwidth and migration planning and implementation support services for two Aggregation Services
reliability Routers (ASR 1001), two Carrier Routing System (CRS -16), 13 Aggregation Services
Routers (ASR 9K), and six ME3600 platforms.
Optical Scope will cover the design, site preparation, installation preparation, and
implementation support services for 24 x ONS 15454 PP platforms.