Pan-European infrastructure provider Interoute (news) and Israel's Bezeq International are teaming up to add some serious bandwidth between Europe and Israel. Bezeq has selected Interoute's landing station in Bari, Italy and extensive terrestrial fiber network as its means to extend its network into the heart of Europe.
Just last week, Bezeq and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) recently launched a new submarine cable in the Mediterranean, called JONAH. The system stretches 2,300km between Tel Aviv and Bari and can carry as much as 7.6Tbps with 100G capabilities. To the left is a map of the route from Wikipedia.
Much of Interoute's expansionary focus in the past few years has been to the east and the south. They added fiber to Istanbul almost two years ago, and have worked closely with both SEACOM and GBI. The year before that they opened for business in Moscow.
I haven't followed Bezeq much, but the work they've put int for a 7Tbps+ pipeline to Europe suggests that they are preparing for major bandwidth growth in the Israeli market, just as everyone else is these days.
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