26 April 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Interoute's 72,000km fibre network has been selected to support the Vatican Communications Secretariat’s new online site.
The site encompasses many different communication channels
including: radio, TV and publishing into a single portal, all
to support the church’s goal to meet the needs of
the current digital environment.
Commenting on the announcement,
Gareth Williams, CEO of Interoute, said: "We are honoured to
support the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See with
our decades of experience. Interoute has built the pan-European
backbone infrastructure which powers the digital transformation
of global organisations. From our experience building and
managing one of Europe’s largest networks,
Interoute has gained the knowledge and competence to support
this unique project, respecting delivery times and the
constraints imposed by the cultural and artistic heritage of
this important site."
The new portal allows users to seat for various kinds of
information and gives them multimedia, multi-device and
multilingual content. Using Interoute’s fibre
optic digital backbone supports the Vatican’s
digital transformation strategy as it offers secure, scalable
and high-performance capacity. As result users of the site
experience high quality content, particularly for bandwidth
audio-visual content. In addition, the network also enables
faster and smoother data transmission as well as high
resilience across long distances.
"The rethinking of the Holy See's communication system meant
an important technological shift as the worlds of web,
broadcasting and publishing merge. Alongside the portal we will
launch other services, and we are also considering further
projects to distribute quality multimedia content directly to
users, such as documentaries or other important productions.
Interoute's new fibre network is the infrastructure basis for
enabling this cutting-edge project," added Francesco Masci,
head of the technology department of the Secretariat for
Communication of the Holy See.
The project between the two involved navigating through a
number of stringent circumstances, including network cables in
the Vatican City one of the most religious and culturally
significant site in the world. In total Interoute owns and
operates approximately 72,000 route kilometres of fibre across