Retelit and Wis Telecom in partnership for optical fiber

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Low-latency connections between Western Europe and the Balkan Peninsula with a technological upgrade of the IG-1 submarine cable to 400 Gbps

Partnership between Retelit and Wis Telecom. Among the aims of the collaboration, thetechnological upgrade to 400 Gbps of the IG-1 submarine cable system and the creation of a new low-latency fiber optic link between Western Europe and the Balkan Peninsula, operational from next October. Under the agreement, Wis will build a fiber optic backhaul network to connect the Cable Landing Station (CLS) of the Italy Greece-1 (IG-1) submarine cable it owns to Retelit’s optical transport network at the Bari PoP.

In addition, Wis will entrust Retelit with the technological upgrade of the IG-1 submarine cable, including management and maintenance activities, through a full outsourcing agreement.

Through this new alternative route, Wis and Retelit will offer 100 Gbps low-latency connections between Milan, Rome and all other major Western European data centers with Athens, Albania, Kosovo and other destinations in the Balkan Peninsula. The new enhanced link between Bari and Aetos will create a real digital highway that will connect Western Europe and the Balkan Peninsula with a 400Gbps technology,making large volumes of bandwidth available to meet the growing demand for connectivity and favoring technological innovation throughout the area.

“Our international transport network expands thanks to the partnership with Wis: the agreement leverages Wis’ existing submarine infrastructure combined with Retelit’s assets and expertise to enable a new low-latency route to the Balkans. As part of our strategy, we are constantly innovating our plans to expand our global network by leveraging our assets and international partnerships. With this new route, Retelit meets the growing demand of customers along the corridors of Western Europe and the Balkans by connecting the whole of the Mediterranean”, comments Federico Protto, CEO of Retelit. “This strategic agreement with Retelit finally gives us the chance to unlock the enormous value and potential of our IG-1 submarine cable that has been underutilized for far too long.

We believe that this historically very reliable route, together with Retelit’s extensive experience, will give customers an immediate opportunity to improve their network services, using the innovative 400Gb technology”, underlines Brian Crawford, VP of Technology & Business Development at Wis Telecom.