26 April 2018
| James Pearce
BICS and Italian telecoms operator Fastweb have announced a strategic partnership that will see them offer combined connectivity solutions offering enhanced capacity and customer service.
The partnership will boost
Fastweb’s – which has over 2.4 million
customers – access to major subsea cable systems that
come into the connectivity hub of Sicily. Several major subsea
cable systems land in Sicily, offering onward connectivity from
Europe to the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The agreement sees the two telcos delivering international
capacity services for new and existing customers in the Middle
East, Africa and Asia who are looking for routes to Europe. It
will also see Sicily act as an additional entry point into
Europe, offering a strategic alternative to Marseille.
BICS and Fastweb will provide customers end-to-end backhaul
services with significantly reduced latency and diverse paths,
they claimed in a statement.
Fabrizio Casati, chief wholesale officer at Fastweb, stated:
"We are highly satisfied with this partnership agreement with
such a major international player as BICS, which highlights the
strength of our network and the solid nature of our
"The partnership with BICS adds further value to our
investments, following on from our participation in the Open
Hub Med consortium in Sicily and the development of an
innovative and future-proof Flexible Optical Network all along
The solution designed by the two companies extends
BICS’ Pan European Network through
Fastweb’s fibre optic, high speed, low latency,
single hop backbone in Italy, connecting international
submarine cable system routes.
BICS has more than 120 access points-of-presence worldwide,
offering capacities of multiple 100 GB, plus participation in
20 submarine cables (including EIG, SeMeWe-3, SeMeWe-4,
Last year, BICS deployed a
third fibre route between Marseille and Paris as part of an
attempt to reduce latency and protect inbound voice and data
traffic from Asia and the Middle East. I
t also acquired TeleSign – a US company offering
two-factor authentication services – in a move to
transform into an end-to-end communications
"BICS has always been committed to providing its customers
with first-class connectivity, and this partnership confirms
our position as a bridging partner for operators expanding
their capacity provision throughout Europe," said Daniel
Kurgan, chief executive officer at BICS.