Lucius Fox

Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Enterprises

Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital world when its telecommunications system was linked to a vast new undersea cable system serving the Gulf countries.

The engineers who designed and installed the cable that made shore in Al-Faw, near Basra, had to deal with an unusual number of challenges. There were more than 100 oil and natural gas pipelines to cross; stretches of shallow water where the cable had to be buried; and unexploded ordnance from the Iraq war that had to be avoided.

“It was not easy,” said Ahmed Mekky, chief executive of Gulf Bridge International, the company that built the system. “But this could be a significant foundation stone for the country’s recovery.”

Posted at 4:48pm and tagged with: Iraq, Republic of Iraq, جمهورية العراق, Jumhūriyyat al-'Irāq, Technology, Telecommunications, Telecomm, Undersea Cable, Persian Gulf, EMEA, Middle East,.