BICS launches third fibre route from Marseille into Europe

05 September 2017 | Natalie Bannerman

BICS is deploying a third fibre route between Marseille and Paris to reduce latency and protect inbound voice and data traffic from Asia and the Middle East.

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This will mean that BICS is able to link Asian and Middle Eastern traffic to Europe via two points in Marseille and southern Italy. The route is due to be completed and commercially available by the end of the year.

"At BICS we are committed to providing our customers with the very best in connectivity. Our capacity solutions – powered by an extensive global network – are unrivalled, and can easily cope with the growing capacity demand from both current and new customers," said Shady Masarweh, head of capacity business management at BICS. 

There is an increasing amounts of traffic from Asia and the Middle East, brought on in part by the launch of the AAE-1 and SMW-5 cables, putting pressure on infrastructure. Natural disasters such as outages and social conflicts all impact services.

In response, BICS has partnered with AMS-IX, LINX, DE-CIX, NL-IX and France-IX, and offers the ability to connect to cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Through this partnership it can offer disaster recovery, diverse route protection and guaranteed low-latency performance delivered and managed by a single provider, the company said.

Masarweh said: "We are constantly striving to provide customers with a fully diverse, protected network. The deployment of our third route between Marseille and Paris will proactively address any link failure problems, potential latency problems, and allow us to handle additional traffic load to ensure the best end-user experience."

Topics: BICS, Marseille, France, Paris, Fibre, AAE-1, SMW-5, Cable, Subsea