A gateway between regions
OTEGLOBE DESCRIBES HOW IT IS GEARING UP TO PLAY A KEY PART ON THE SOON-TO-LAUNCH AAE-1 CABLE AS AN ALTERNATIVE GATEWAY BETWEEN THE FAR EAST AND EUROPE.
OTEGLOBE, the international wholesale arm of the Greece-headquartered OTE Group, is all ready for the planned launch of the 25,000km Asia-africa-europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable early next year. CEO Dino Andreou explains how this will help OTEGLOBE, as a member of the AAE-1 consortium, to provide a unique route and make Greece a key gateway between regions.
How close are we to seeing the AAE-1 cable up and running?
It’s all set for early next year. The intention of ourselves and the other members of the AAE-1 consortium is to have the cable ready for testing and commissioning by the end of 2016, and it should be ready for commercial use between Singapore and Europe in the first quarter of 2017.
What would you say are the key advantages of the AAE-1 cable?
It will help meet the big-data explosion and bring more balance to the global flow of data traffic between Asia and Europe in comparison with that across Atlantic and Pacific routes. OTEGLOBE has customers that want to connect their enterprises from regions such as Asia to Europe, and we do not have this kind of end-to-end connectivity by ourselves. At the moment, we have a lot of queries about the cable, especially those wanting to carry traffic from Hong Kong and Singapore to Europe, and vice versa.
AAE-1 will also reduce latency by lowering the need for termination at intermediate landing stations, and will improve network diversity. In this day and age, it is critical for all carriers to have more than a single route to optimally handle faults and outages, and for network efficiency and security.
Why is this cable so important for OTEGLOBE?
The intention in our business plan is to build an alternative route in the Mediterranean Basin to serve all this traffic coming from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Markets that are now proving most important for the data-traffic boom include countries such as India, China and nations in the Gulf, as well as Africa.
For us, it’s crucial that we have a means to help terminate this traffic in Europe’s key data-centre markets, such as London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Most of it that lands on this continent currently goes via Italy and France. With our participation in AAE-1, we are adding ourselves and Greece into the picture.
What are the advantages of having a route through Greece?
For one, we are very close to Egypt and the Middle East, so we have advantages from Greece’s geopolitical position. OTEGLOBE also has robust network infrastructure to serve traffic coming from Asia to Europe. We are the only carrier that reaches Western Europe through Greece with two fully owned, geographically diverse networks. We want to provide capacity to carriers that wish to terminate their traffic in major data centres in Europe. But it is not all about the traditional big markets. We also want to offer new connectivity options to Eastern Europe, to locations such as Bulgaria and Romania – countries that are in our footprint, but are currently underserved in terms of traffic coming from Asia.
What benefits will AAE-1 offer for emerging markets?
We believe that the type of future-proof and diverse subsea connectivity that AAE-1 can provide to markets such as Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Yemen and Djibouti is critical. The network will help to cut prices and improve access to internet services in emerging markets, operating as an openaccess network over which customers can choose their preferred backhaul providers between carrier-neutral points of presence in France, Singapore and Hong Kong.
At OTEGLOBE, we are interested to see how AAE-1 will help in terms of terminating traffic from some of these markets to Europe directly rather than going to other regional data centres.
How does OTEGLOBE bring something different to the party?
OTEGLOBE offers diverse routing between regions and unique network infrastructure in Eastern Europe, providing new options for connecting between there and Asia. Traffic from Asia can be routed through AAE-1 to OTEGLOBE’S landing station at Chania, and from then on through OTEGLOBE’S diverse and protected terrestrial network to anywhere in Europe, ensuring resilience and diversity in the region.
Hence, with our participation in AAE-1, our main objective is to make Greece a key alternative gateway between regions and help enhance connectivity on a global basis.
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Dino Andreou: AAE-1 will improve network diversity