Interoute, the next generation Pan-European network operator, and GO, Malta's quad-play telecom provider, have signed an agreement to deploy a second submarine cable, linking Malta to Italy and the rest of the continent through Interoute's pan-European network. The project known as 'GO 1 Mediterranean Cable System' will be completed this autumn and will increase diversity, resiliency and international broadband connectivity to meet Malta's expanding telecommunications needs.
The cable will be 290 km long with four fibre pairs and will land in Mazara del Vallo in Italy. Made possible through the Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT)/Dubai partnership, the new cable will increase Malta's existing available capacity by nine times. This will help the country to realise its vision of becoming a centre of excellence in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and an ICT hub in the Mediterranean.
GO Chairman Sonny Portelli said the company will be implementing the new submarine cable system to offer further resiliency to its existing international links by having a completely diverse route.
Sonny Portelli added, "The new submarine cable will augment GO's international capacity and cater for projected demands for broadband services in Malta, which will increase in the near future. Moreover, it will give GO the possibility to procure broadband capacity from Interoute."
For Interoute, this project is another building block in the network expansion strategy started in 2004. Since then the operator has grown its Next Generation network from the business centres of Europe into the growing markets of the southern Mediterranean, Southwest Asia, Middle East and North Africa.
As the demand for bandwidth and advanced services continues to explode (driven by the internet economy and spiralling broadband consumption) operators, such as Interoute, that already own fibre optic infrastructure are ideally positioned to be able to meet future bandwidth demand.
Gareth Williams, Interoute CEO, said, "Interoute is proud to be part of this forward thinking venture, which will have a significant impact for Malta and its businesses. With this cable, GO and Interoute will open up opportunities for Malta in the European Union, North America, the Middle East and beyond. It will physically link Malta directly into Interoute's fibre optic network, Europe's largest communications platform, making access to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome almost instantaneous."