Italy-based Sparkle has announced plans to invest in some new subsea capacity under the Tyrrhenian Sea. No I won’t make you google that, it’s the piece of the Mediterranean off the west coast of Italy, under which Sparkle plans to build the BlueMed cable system.
As currently envisioned the new cable system will connect Genoa in northern Italy with Palermo on the island of Sicily. Palermo has emerged as an infrastructure hub in the Mediterranean, and this cable will provide a fast and diverse route to get there from Milan and the surrounding regions.
The cable will span some 1,000km and offer up to 240Tbps of capacity. It will leverage Sparkle’s Sicily Hub facility and a new open landing station that they will build in Genoa. I doubt the infrastructure in Genoa is going to rival the interconnection metropolis over at Marseilles any time soon, but on the other hand I’m sure Sparkle hopes it gains traction as an alternative entry point into southern Europe from Asia and Africa.
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