Italy: Sparkle, One of the largest telecom in Italy announced its collaboration with Google and others to build ‘Blue’ and ‘Raman’ Submarine Cable Systems. ‘Blue’ will connect Italy, France, Greece, and Israel, While ‘Raman’ will connect Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, and India.
Each Submarine Cable System consists of 16 Fiber pairs and embracing the innovative concepts of open cable, supporting multiple fiber tenants, and open landing station, enabling competitive access to the cable termination points, the two systems set a new reference in terms of diversification, scalability, and latency throughout these geographies.
In particular, Blue will be deployed along a new northbound route in the Mediterranean, crossing the Strait of Messina, rather than following the traditional route through Sicily Channel. As a result, Internet Service Providers, Carriers, Telecom Operators, Content Providers, Enterprises, and Institutions will benefit from high-speed Internet and state-of-the-art capacity services with unparalleled diversity and performances.
Within the Blue System, BlueMed submarine cable is now Sparkle’s own private domain sharing its wet components with four additional fiber pairs and an initial design capacity of more than 25 Tbps per fiber pair and is extended up to Jordan (Aqaba) with additional private branches into France (Corsica), Greece (Chania – Crete), Italy (Golfo Aranci – Sardinia and Rome), Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Turkey, Cyprus and more in the future.
BlueMed flexible design allows both seamless express connections throughout the Mediterranean Basin, with unprecedented latency and spectral efficiency, and sophisticated regional subsystems, based on specific customer requirements.
In addition, Sparkle’s Genoa Open Landing Platform is set to become the alternative priority access for other upcoming submarine cables looking for a diversified entry to Europe, backhauled to Milan’s rich digital marketplace, and thus a new reference gateway between Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
Blue and Raman are expected to be ready for service in 2024, with the Tyrrhenian part of BlueMed planned to be operational already in 2022.