GCX, PrimeTel perform 100Gbps upgrade to Hawk subsea cable
09 May 2018 | Natalie Bannerman
Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) and PrimeTel, the Cyprus-based telecommunications provider, have announced a 100Gbps upgrade to GCX’s Hawk subsea cable system branch into Cyprus.
The network upgrade will further enhance the partnership between the two companies and will offer improved connectivity solutions and drive new business opportunities across the cable’s Europe-Cyprus-Middle East-Asia route.
“With the recent upgrade, we have now broadened our reach into PrimeTel’s Cyprus Hub in Yeroskipos, providing enhanced coverage to meet the growing demand for high performance, ow-latency connectivity across the emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia,” said Wilfred Kwan, chief operating officer at RCOM & GCX. “The network enhancement has already started to attract interest across key growth markets and we are pleased that the first 100Gbps wavelength connection for a major carrier is already in the process of being activated.”
Connectivity between the two geographic regions is enabled facilitated through the integration of GCX’s next-gen Hawk submarine cable system with PrimeTel’s Cyprus gateway and hub. The cable was activated in 2011, to enable ultra-high bandwidth services across the rapidly evolving emerging markets corridor.
Hawk, an express subsea cable between Marseille and Alexandria with a capacity of 20Tbps, forms part of GCX’s global network, which consists of five subsea cable systems, spanning the globe and linking up established markets in Europe and North America to the Middle East, including all countries in the Gulf region, and key Asian markets such as India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
“Businesses across the globe require new levels of support to facilitate the mass movement of Internet traffic, OTT content, enterprise data and cloud computing services. Through our
partnership with GCX, we will further establish Cyprus as a leading telecommunications hub in the Eastern Mediterranean and tap on its prime geographic location to accommodate exponentially growing bandwidth needs across the emerging markets,” added Theodosis Theodosiou, chief commercial officer at PrimeTel.
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