The pan-European network operator Interoute picked up a rather high profile customer in southern Europe today. They are powering an upgrade of the Vatican's communications infrastructure.
The Vatican Communications Secretariate has a new online portal through which it can reach its global Catholic audience. The network upgrade is intended to provide a framework that will make the consuming of the Holy See's content nice and smooth.
In addition to connectivity via Interoute's backbone to the rest of Europe and beyond, the project involved laying fiber within Vatican City itself. All we need now is Dan Brown and an ancient symbol on the catacombs being used as conduits and we've got the makings of a new novel.
Interoute, of course, agreed to be bought by GTT last month. For its part, GTT has a few roots in Italy itself after acquiring the IP backbone of Inteliquent, which itself derived from Tinet, once known as Tiscali International Network.
Interoute brings to the table an extensive fiber footprint in the region, including quite a bit in the Rome metro area.