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The port of Marseille-Fos launches new subsea cable landing infrastructure

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The port of Marseille-Fos, the main trade seaport of France, has announced the construction of new subsea cable landing infrastructure.

The new development will provide a reliable and convenient plug and play interface for subsea cables that arrive in Marseille from all around the world.  

“Interxion welcomes this initiative from the Port of Marseille Fos, especially as two of Interxion’s data centres – MRS2 and MRS3 – are located within the port’s area,” said Fabrice Coquio, managing director of Interxion France. “We share a common goal with the Port of Marseille Fos which is to foster Marseille’s attractiveness for international, national and local investors, help the whole territory to grow and reinforce the role of the city as a global-scale digital hub.”

The port will deliver the first phase of this new infrastructure by Q3 2019, which can support up to six cables. In addition, a one-stop shop system within the French administration for the permitting process will be implemented at the same time in Marseille. Additionally, a fully integrated landing solution will be offered to clients by building secure facilities tailored to accommodate the Power Feed Equipment (PFE).

The news comes as data traffic is expected to grow at a rate of 45% year on year over the next ten years. This significant increase in data volume along with the diversity of content that is exchanged means that an upgraded interconnection infrastructure as well as data storage facilities is required.

As a result of this new investment, the Port of Marseille-Fos says that it is well-positioned as a maritime digital gateway. Not only because of Marseille’s position between Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, but it also benefits from a favourable seabed for this type of infrastructure.

In related news, HGC Global Communications expanded its network coverage by launching a new point of presence (PoP) in Marseille. The new PoP is located at a carrier neutral data centre in Marseille, although the Hong Kong-based company did not name the facility.