Grid Telecom and Islalink announce an agreement for the terrestrial backbone fiber extension of the IONIAN submarine cable linking Italy and Greece. The IONIAN submarine system will be extended with Grid Telecom’s optic fiber network from the landing point in Preveza to Athens and then on to Thessaloniki.
The IONIAN cable is expected to be instrumental to the emergence of Athens and Thessaloniki as regional hubs for cloud, content and telecommunication services and is set to trigger new investments in digital infrastructure.
Esther Garcés, CEO of Islalink, stated: “Having Grid Telecom as a supplier for the terrestrial fibers in Greece gives us a lot of confidence. Grid Telecom’s fibers have long-standing track record of high reliability, very much in line with our targets for the IONIAN system. Additionally, Grid Telecom and Islalink are fully aligned from a strategic point of view, since we both are neutral providers of wholesale services”.
George Psyrris, Director of Grid Telecom, stated in this regard: “We are proud to help the realization of the IONIAN project that will bring a new and diverse international route and will help Greece become one of the key Mediterranean data hubs. Also, we are very excited to count on Islalink as an important partner for the development of our international strategy“.
Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, IslaLink is an independent and neutral fibre infrastructure provider, specialized in submarine fibre-optic cables and related activities. IslaLink provides fibre infrastructure in and around the Balearic Islands, operating the only route-redundant fibre infrastructure connecting Mallorca and Ibiza with the Spanish mainland, as well as a terrestrial fibre ring in Mallorca, providing local operators with neutral and independent fibre infrastructure services. For further information, please visit https://www.islalink.com
About Grid Telecom
Grid Telecom is a Greek company, established in January 2019. A 100% subsidiary company of ADMIE (Independent Power Transmission Operator-IPTO), Grid Telecom is IPTO’s vehicle for providing telecom services to national and international Providers. Grid Telecom’s fiber optic network (terrestrial and submarine) exceeds 3000km throughout Greece. The expansion of the fiber optic network will exceed 6000km throughout Greece in the next five years, connecting islands with the core network.