Sparkle, the first operator of international services in Italy and among the first in the world, announced the landing of the new BlueMed undersea cable in Palermo and the completion of the laying in the Tyrrhenian section Genoa-Golfo Aranci-Pomezia-Palermo. BlueMed will connect Italy with France, Greece and several countries bordering the Mediterranean, responding to the ever-increasing need for connectivity due to their digital evolution. The cable is part of the Blue Submarine Cable System project, built in partnership with Google and other operators.
With four fibre pairs and an initial transmission capacity of over 25 Terabits per second (Tbps) per pair, it will be able to offer high-speed Internet connections and high-performance connectivity solutions to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), carriers, Telecom operators, content providers, enterprises and institutions.
From its landing in Palermo, the cable will reach the carrier-neutral Sicily hub data centre, the technological heart and intelligence centre of the Sparkle network, thus reinforcing Sicily's role as a strategic Internet hub in the Mediterranean.
The first section of the cable, Genoa-Golfo Aranci-Pomezia-Palermo, will be operational from the end of May, while the further extension to Corsica at Bastia will be completed in autumn.