25 May 2017
COO George Nikoloudis describes how the company offers an excellent opportunity to customers that want to send traffic between regions and onwards, with its ability to provide a diverse and resilient network
Sponsored contentOTEGLOBE believes it is in the
perfect position to provide a unique offering to its partners
when the AAE-1 cable launches imminently, as a member and
landing party of the cable consortium.
As the launch of the AAE-1 subsea cable between Europe and
the Far East grows ever closer, the race is on for carriers on
the network to make sure they can fully capitalise on the
opportunities it provides. AAE-1 connects the Far East to
Europe, via countries in the Middle East and Africa.
OTEGLOBE, the international wholesale arm of the
Greece-headquartered OTE Group, counts on its offer of
diversity and resilience to customers that partner with it to
pass traffic from other regions on through Europe.
Well-located between East and West
Coupled with this is the diversity that OTEGLOBE offers via
its robust and resilient network infrastructure.
A robust and diverse European
The company offers two well-established fibre-optic routes
via the Balkans, allowing customers that link up at
OTEGLOBE’s AAE-1 landing station in Chania to take
a unique pathway onwards through Eastern European markets
towards Western Europe. And the company also believes that in
the future an increasing number of customers will want to
extend their footprints to up-and-coming markets in Eastern
Europe, such as Sofia in Bulgaria, as these countries become
better connected with new cables such as AAE-1.
Complementing the trans-Balkan infrastructure are another
two fibre-optic routes that connect Greece to France, Germany,
Netherlands and the UK via an initial landing site in Bari,
These four routes comprise OTEGLOBE’s optical
backbone, which is currently undergoing a major overhaul,
adding more capacity and flexibility with new dark fibre
This will give customers that connect to OTEGLOBE via the
AAE-1 cable a variety of options for routing their traffic
onwards via terrestrial fibre through Europe, either through
the traditional Western European pathway or the growing markets
of Eastern Europe. This diversity also gives providers the
opportunity to "protect" their traffic by using different
Moreover, OTEGLOBE’s network will be
cost-competitive in terms of the premium routes and quality it
offers compared to other cable infrastructure – and
with market prices falling, this is important for OTEGLOBE to
stay "one step ahead" of the competition.
The network expansion is very much in coordination with
OTEGLOBE’s investment in AAE-1, having the
advantage of improving all networks in tandem. The idea is to
build a "mesh-type" optical network in Europe that will
seamlessly carry traffic between regions and provide extra
diversity, security and low latency to its customers.
Strong partnerships the key to success
In the other direction, OTEGLOBE is also seeking to build
some partnerships to serve traffic out of the major Asian data
centres in Hong Kong and Singapore, extending its reach in key
markets in that part of the world. Already extending its
footprint and services by partnering with well-established
carriers in the CIS region, the Middle East and Africa, the
company is looking to team up with local carriers in Asia to
grow its service portfolio there.
Whatever the eventual business models that emerge from the
huge opportunities provided by the new AAE-1 cable, OTEGLOBE
believes that it has a proposition that is truly attractive for
potential customers. "AAE-1 will bring more and more traffic
from Asia to Europe, and I think that the carriers will use it.
As OTEGLOBE, we’re offering a unique, diverse
route in the Mediterranean basin towards Europe that could be
used both as a primary or an alternative path," says COO George
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