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Sparkle announces its collaboration with Google to build the Blue and Raman submarine cable systems that set a new reference in terms of diversification, scalability, and latency to communication routes between Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Blue will connect Italy, France, Greece, and Israel, while Raman will connect Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, and India. Each system is equipped with 16 fiber pairs, enabling to embrace innovative concepts of open cable, supporting multiple fiber tenants and open landing stations, and establishing competitive access to the cable termination points.

As a result, internet service providers (ISPs), telecom operators, content providers, and enterprises will benefit from its high-speed internet and state-of-the-art capacity services with unparalleled diversity and performances.

Blue and Raman are expected to be ready for service in 2024. “We are extremely proud to bring our collaboration with Google to the next level with this cutting-edge intercontinental infrastructure”, comments Elisabetta Romano, CEO of Sparkle. “With Blue and Raman Submarine Cable Systems, Sparkle boosts its capabilities in the strategic routes between Asia, Middle East, and Europe and the enhanced BlueMed strengthens our presence in the greater Mediterranean area”.

Within the Blue System, the BlueMed submarine cable has four additional fiber pairs and an initial design capacity of more than 25 Tbps per fiber pair. It extends 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.

The Tyrrhenian part of BlueMed is planned to be operational in 2022. BlueMed’s 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 serving as a new reference gateway between Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

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