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28 June 2018Press releases

Operator connects Sicily to the AAE-1 and the main Italian European Internet eXchanges from consortium’s Carini Hub

Retelit extends its 100 Gbps transport services also to Sicily: start-up of the new network infrastructure supports the connection of the Bari AAE-1 landing station with the Open HUB MED Carini Data Center, a Sicilian Neutral and carrier-independent technology hub. Retelit can offer with these new connections transport services between the two regions of Southern Italy and to Europe, as the only operator capable of providing multiple submarine and land restoration connectivity options between Bari and Palermo to Marseilles, with the option to co-locate customer equipment at the Open HUB MED Data Center. The telecommunications hub permits Retelit to speed up the development of services in Sicily and - thanks to the new connections - route data and Internet traffic from the East and Asia, through the submarine cables, not only on the fiber optic transport backbones to the main European hubs, but also at Open HUB MED’s strategic exchange point. “This is an additional highly important step for our Italian development and growth, particularly considering that the market volumes of services provided to the Italian landing stations of Internet Transit, Peering, Cloud Connect and Security are estimated from 2019 at around Euro 50 million, with annual growth rates of 40% until 2022”, stated Federico Protto, Chief Executive Officer of Retelit. “The arrival of Open HUB MED, a consortium of which we are also a member and a project which we have whole-heartedly supported since its creation, and the network and infrastructure investments, are the first stage of a wider project which will see our presence in Southern Italy established and extended”. For the members of the AAE-1 Consortium, of which Retelit is only the Italian member, the new connections provide new routing and protection options thanks to the land sections from Bari now available to any European hub. “The entry of the AAE-1 cable into Open HUB MED’s Data Center is a milestone for our consortium and underscores the strategic nature of OHM. The positioning of Open HUB MED in Sicily and the technical and logistical features of its Data Center located a few hundred meters from the Palermo coast establishes it as the best neutral landing station for new submarine cables in the heart of the Mediterranean”, stated Valeria Rossi, Chairperson of Open HUB MED.
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