Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Repositioning Italy as a gateway in the Med area

by Retelit
Monday 17 February 20

The capacity demand on the Eurasian route is the first driver behind the recent capacity upgrade of the AAE-1 subsea cable. The AAE-1 initial design capacity, especially on the end to end route (Europe to Singapore and Hong Kong), wouldn’t have been enough to fulfil market needs during 2020 after just two years of operations…

The capacity demand on the Eurasian route is the first driver behind the recent capacity upgrade of the AAE-1 subsea cable. The AAE-1 initial design capacity, especially on the end to end route (Europe to Singapore and Hong Kong), wouldn’t have been enough to fulfil market needs during 2020 after just two years of operations. The second key driver is the technology evolution. With this upgrade, AAE-1 has adopted a new technology, implementing “alien” 200 Gbps waves on long marine segments and 400 Gbps waves on terrestrial segments at a fraction of the cost per wave compared to the previous technology. On the end user side this driver led as well to benefit of a significant drop of the capacity price on the market. Nevertheless AAE-1 capacity has still a premium value thanks to its distinctiveness given by the express route Egypt-Thailand without stop-over and the direct route from Europe to Hong Kong without stop-over in Singapore. AAE-1 Project represents a key strategic investment for Retelit, who is the major investor among the 19 partners, of the recent technology upgrade with 1,3 Tbps of end to end equipped capacity ordered. This is not the only investment Retelit did recently. With the acquisition of Brennercom and Partners Associates Group, Retelit is expanding its infrastructure (network and Data Center) and integrating vertical managed ICT services, becoming a unique player in the European market. The strategy is to continue to increase regional market share delivering digital transformation projects end to end from infrastructure to the applications to the cloud managed natively from Retelit.

As a key player in its region, repositioning Italy as the main gateway in the Mediterranean (after losing the leadership versus Marseille in the previous 5 years) has been Retelit vision since 2014 when the company joined AAE-1 project and built the cable landing station in Bari. Thanks to significative investments made from 2014 until 2019, expanding fiber optic network infrastructure towards strategic landing points in Sicily and Liguria with diverse routes, last generation fiber cables connecting all main neutral Data Centers and Internet Exchange points and the implementation of landing facilities in those location, Retelit is now a key player in the Med able to attract new generation submarine cables and managing onwards traffic into Europe better than ever.

  

 

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