TI Sparkle and Cyta to launch subsea cable linking Cyprus and Crete

Telecom Italia Sparkle and Cyprus operator Cyta are to launch a new subsea cable system linking Cyprus and Crete by the end of the year.

The KIMONAS cable is set to enter commercial service by the end of 2015, and will connect Cyta’s cable station in Pentaskhinos in Cyprus with the MedNautilus cable station in Chania, Crete. 

The route extends to Athens in Greece then on via Thessaloniki to Bulgaria by leveraging the fibre network of Cyta’s Greek subsidiary Cyta Hellas. 

It aims to create a new route for traffic between the Balkans, Central Europe and parts of the Middle East, via Cyprus. At the same time, it aims to allow to link Turkey, Italy and other European destinations through TI Sparkle’s network. 

“This new endeavour strengthens the strategic relationship with our partner Cyta even more and at the same time, it enables us to consolidate our position as the leading IP and data service provider in the Mediterranean, leveraging our proprietary fully protected state-of-the-art subsea network system that connects major telecommunications markets of the region, including Greece and Turkey, to Italy and the rest of Europe,” said Alessandro Talotta, chairman and CEO of Telecom Italia Sparkle.