Interoute (news) said today that it has partnered up with Turkcell Superonline to add a second route into the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul. They first arrived in the city almost exactly two years ago as part of their eastward push.
The new link adds diversity to Interoute's connectivity between Europe and the main terrestrial gateway to the Middle East. While much of Europe's economy is in turmoil, Turkey has been riding high and so has its bandwidth appetite. The new link will therefore also provide Superonline with dedicated bandwidth to power its growth.
Superonline is also one of the regional providers behind the Regional Cable Network Project that hopes to add a terrestrial route to the Persian Gulf. That route passes
The RCN was originally scheduled to be in place last fall, but I haven't heard what the status in some time. Perhaps all the craziness in Syria is delaying things. But if they get it done, Interoute will be in position for some additional opportunities further to the southeast.Jordan, and Saudi Arabia on the way to Fujairah in the UAE. That would compete directly with the EPEG effort further to the north we've been hearing about lately.