Interoute to offer dual entry to SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable

09 November 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Interoute has opened dual routes to the new subsea cable, SEA-ME-WE 5, to provide customers with extra resilience.

The European operator says it is the first to offer dual entry into Europe from the newest subsea cable, when it is complete.

Interoute will connect traffic from Africa, Asia and the Middle East via its point of presence (PoP) in Marseille, France, and from its data centre in Palermo, Italy. Both sites are linked to Interoute’s pan-European network.

Interoute’s EVP for service provider Renzo Ravaglia said: “With this new investment we have ensured that European enterprises can continue to benefit from the huge new business opportunities the internet has opened up with Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”

This dual entry proposition means the company can deliver capacity between on-net routes in as little as four weeks to customers. Furthermore, said the company, Interoute is able to provide large scale capacity and protected routes to customers, from its wholly owned fibre optic network.

“Interoute’s pan European network is at the heart of Europe’s digital economy. Interoute is the first service provider to offer dual entry backhaul services from SEA-ME-WE 5 to Europe through its Marseille and Palermo PoPs,” said Ravaglia.

SEA-ME-WE 5, still under construction, has been designed to carry up to 24Tbps of capacity between south-east Asia, the Middle East and Europe. By having a presence at both European locations, Interoute says it will be able to offer customers added resilience and full diversity on its network.

As a member of the Open Hub Med data centre consortium Interoute has invested in a new carrier-neutral facility in the Palermo region, and is ready to start carrying the wave of new traffic as soon as it reaches Europe.