BICS to deploy a third fiber route between Marseille and the rest of Europe to serve Asian and Middle Eastern traffic

Brussels, 5th September 2017 – BICS, a leading international communications enabler, has today announced it will deploy a third fiber route between Marseille and Paris, lowering latency and protecting inbound voice and data traffic from Asia and the Middle East. This will consolidate BICS’ position at the forefront of backhaul provision in Europe, bridging Asian and Middle Eastern traffic to Europe via two primary entry points: Marseille in France, and Southern Italy. The route is expected to be commercially live by the end of the year.

Increasing amounts of traffic from Asian and Middle Eastern countries are entering Europe on a daily basis. This will continue at an even higher scale due to the launch of two new high capacity cables, AAE-1 and SMW-5, putting pressure on existing telecoms infrastructure. Additionally, outages due to natural disasters and social conflicts often jeopardise the quality of service experienced by mobile users in affected regions, negatively impacting customer experience and provider reputation.

To address these connectivity challenges, BICS has partnered with the largest Internet exchange points AMS-IX, LINX, DE-CIX, NL-IX and France-IX, and offers the possibility to connect to major cloud service providers like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. In doing so, BICS can provide customers with secure connectivity solutions: disaster recovery, diverse route protection and guaranteed low-latency performance delivered and managed by a single provider

Through its partnerships, BICS has been able to boost interoperability, connecting Southern Italy and Marseille to Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London via multiple routes, strengthening its robust and diversified international backbone serving Asia and the Middle East.

“At BICS we are committed to providing our customers with the very best in connectivity. Our capacity solutions – powered by an extensive global network – are unrivalled, and can easily cope with the growing capacity demand from both current and new customers,” said Shady Masarweh, Head of Capacity Business Management at BICS. “We are constantly striving to provide customers with a fully diverse, protected network. The deployment of our third route between Marseille and Paris will proactively address any link failure problems, potential latency problems, and allow us to handle additional traffic load to ensure the best end-user experience.”

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