Orange International Carriers enhances Marseille Hub to meet 40% data demand growth from the AMEA region
15 May 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe
Orange is boosting its Marseille hub to become the Orange hub for IP connectivity in response to the 40% growth in data demand from operators in the AMEA region.
It is also in response to the increasing number of content providers choosing Marseille as their hub for content delivery.
With 13 different systems landing in Marseille, the city is the largest gateway to Europe, for Asia, Africa and the Middle-East, offering 152Tbps potential operational capacity. Orange is therefore proactively developing its Marseille Hub to stay ahead of these exceptional changes.
Marseille’s location gives access to the main communication nodes and offers multiple fully redundant routes to Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris. In the last five years, Marseille has had the highest rapid Internet bandwidth and traffic growth among major European metro areas, showing 66% compound annual growth in bandwidth.
Submarine cable capacity arriving in Marseille is increasing with two new submarine cables and more capacity on existing cables thanks to upgrades achieved via SEA-ME-WE 4, I-ME-WE and the new SEA-ME-WE 5, which Orange participates in as a consortium member.
With its network of 450,000 km of undersea cables, Orange is now enhancing its expertise in submarine capacity connectivity and maintenance. Customers will benefit from the Group’s specialist expertise, and access to the main submarine systems that land in Marseille. Additionally, as an IP transit operator for IP services, Orange can also ensure seamless and secure IP connectivity directly from Marseille, between its submarine routing systems and its unrivalled IP transit network. Moreover, the Marseille Hub will also offer hosting services and CDN solutions.
New submarine cables and updated existing submarine cables are now technologically ready to deliver 100Gbps capacity circuits to customers, compared to the industry standard of 10Gbps. Improved local infrastructure in Marseille now gives customers access to the Orange international backbone network, and to all the main connected content providers.
“This latest extension of capacity in Marseille is a major step forward in improving our service for our customers,” said Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, CEO of Orange International Carriers. “We have improved the quality of service across our entire range of integrated solutions including bandwidth, IP, CDN, cloud and cybersecurity services, which is critical for operators from the MEA region. Our ability to speed up data transfer, reduce waiting times and improve overall content delivery will help to accelerate and support the growth of data services across the Middle East and Africa.”
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