GTS CE builds fibre link in Serbia

Network and data centre operator GTS Central Europe has extended its reach in south east Europe by building a second fibre link into Serbia, and said it is now setting its sights on Slovenia.

GTS aims to provide network capacity of 40Gbps to wholesale customers, and provide high-speed connections as far as Serbian capital Belgrade.

“GTS sees great potential in the recently liberalised and more competitive south east European telecommunications market,” said Artur Ostrowski, head of international services at GTS. “The possibility of extending our high-capacity backbone network services, already available with strict and standardised technical specifications within the whole of central Europe, to Belgrade, will give our customers a significant competitive edge.”

The company has confirmed an interconnection deal with a leading player in the Slovenian market to provide wholesale services in the country, which it says is consistent with aims for further expansion towards Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania.

“There are not many telecoms players investing in these markets considering the high cost in capital and regulatory restrictions to secure entrance,” said Mike Sapien, principal analyst at Ovum. “It seems likely that GTS will look for similar companies with assets of data centres, backbone regional networks and customers that will fit their vertical focus.”

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