BlueMed is Sparkle’s new cable that will connect Italy with France, Greece and Israel, with several other branches in the Mediterranean.
The cable is part of the Blue Submarine Cable System project, carried out in collaboration with Google and other operators with further extensions in the African and Asian continents.
BlueMed will offer high-speed Internet connections and high-performance connectivity solutions to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), carriers, telecom operators, content providers, enterprises and institutions.
The installation began on 31 January with the laying of the branch line in Sardinia (Golfo Aranci) and continued on 9 February in Pomezia, on the coast of Rome. Thanks to BlueMed, Rome is once again at the heart of intercontinental communication routes 100 years after the laying of the Anzio – New York – Rio de Janeiro – Buenos Aires cable by Italcable (which was the precursor of Sparkle).
From Genoa, the cable will continue southwards across the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Sicily Hub in Palermo from where it will proceed through the Strait of Messina and the Mediterranean Sea all the way to the Red Sea. The first section, Genoa-Golfo Aranci-Pomezia-Palermo, will be fully operational starting in May, while the section to Bastia, Corsica, will be completed in June 2023.