New optical fibre link to connect Balkans

04 June 2019 | Laurence Doe

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A new cross border optical fibre link deployment directly connecting the capital city of Ljubljana in Slovenia with Italy’s financial hub of Milan is being carried out by Italian service provider Sparkle and Slovenian telco Telekom Slovenije.

Sparkle and Telekom Slovenije will use their fully interconnected backbones to provide a new link that is a shorter and alternative route from the Balkans, with access options from Ljubljana, Sofia and Istanbul to Milan and other major hubs in Western Europe.

It will provide connectivity to the Balkans region in Europe, Middle Eastern operators and international telco-OTTs, ISPs and content providers.

“We are proud of collaborating with Telekom Slovenije on this unique terrestrial route from Turkey to the major Western European ecosystems across the Balkans,” commented Mario Di Mauro, CEO of Sparkle. “The Balkan region is today an interesting greenfield for international cables and we expect that the new route will attract Balkan and Middle Eastern providers looking for a fast and reliable access to Europe”.

The new route is natively integrated with Sparkle’s global Tier-I IP Transit backbone Seabone, among the top ten Internet networks worldwide, allowing Sparkle to provide IP and data services including city2city connectivity, IP transit, DDos attack mitigation and Virtual NAP solutions.

Simon Furlan, Telekom Slovenije Wholesale director, said: “In the wholesale field cooperation with Sparkle has traditionally been very close and mutually satisfactory.

“However, with our latest project of connecting Sofia and Milano via Ljubljana, the synergy of cooperation has been put on a completely new level.

“We feel privileged to co-create bridge between East and West for all of our existing and potential customers.”

Learn more about Sparkles' BlueMed project, which will provide connectivity within the Mediterranean basin, in an exclusive Capacity interview.