Sparkle announces its collaboration with Google and others to build Blue and Raman Submarine Cable Systems: Blue will connect Italy, France, Greece and Israel, while Raman will connect Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman and India.
The new cable transmission systems embrace the innovative concepts of “open cable” and “open landing station”, enabling competitive access in terms of fibre management and cable termination points.
In particular, Blue will be deployed along a new northbound route crossing the Strait of Messina, rather than through the Sicily Channel, thus offering Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecom operators, content providers, enterprises and institutions high-speed Internet and diversified and high-performance connectivity solutions.
Within the Blue System, Sparkle will maintain the ownership and exclusive management of the BlueMed cable with four additional fibre.
BlueMed’s flexible design allows both seamless express connections throughout the Mediterranean Basin, and Sparkle’s Genoa Open Landing Platform is set to become the alternative priority access for other upcoming submarine cables looking for a diversified entry on the West Europe coast and thus a new reference gateway between Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Blue and Raman are expected to be ready for service in 2024, with the Tyrrhenian part of BlueMed planned to be operational already in 2022.