MARSEILLE, France -- Following the launch of its Marseille Hub in 2017, Orange International Carriers continues to enhance its network connectivity and will now offer a direct connection between Marseille and Penmarch. This new terrestrial cable allows Orange to open up access between Asia, the Middle-East and West Africa, offering improved service, redundancy and security.
The provider is opening new routes from Marseille and Penmarch, France, to improve connectivity between the existing subsea cables landing in both locations. It's part of Orange's strategy to boost its capacity to meet surging growth in data, IP and content demand between Asia and West Africa via the Middle East.
Forecasts for bandwidth growth 2017 and 2023 predict a 10-times increase in volume, according to Teleography, between these regions; with this deployment, Orange interconnects 15 submarine cables in order to stay ahead of the demand.
This new interconnection links existing submarine cable routes from Asia, the Middle East and West Africa. On the Penmarch side, CHLS SMW3 and ACE are linked to Marseille on CHLS SMW4 Saint-Mauront, CHLS IMEWE Bonneveine, and Interxion’s Data Center MRS1.
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Three new routes will become available between Marseille and Penmarch. The first is already operational with a direct terrestrial connection between the two cities. The other two routes -- scheduled to be in service before the end of 2018 -- will bring redundancy to the Orange offer. Each route is between 1600km and 1700 km in length, offering comparable RTDs of 18ms.
"This is a fully Orange-owned route, which will soon be automated, and it means that Orange can now offer a secure all-inclusive solution by way of configuration, housing and operations," said Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, CEO of Orange International Carriers, part of the Orange family of companies.
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