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Press Release -- January 14th, 2010
Source: Interoute
Tags: Construction, Equipment

Interoute and Gibtelecom bring new telecommunications choice to Gibraltar

Published Date:
January 14, 2010

Next generation network offers virtually unlimited capacity to prosperous economy

Gibraltar, 14 January 2010 – Gibtelecom, the leading telecommunications provider in Gibraltar, and Interoute, owner operator of a state of the art European next generation network, have deployed an alternative telecommunications route to Gibraltar, offering high capacity connectivity between the Rock and the rest of Europe.

The new Point of Presence (PoP) will give users and businesses in Gibraltar additional resilient access to Europe via Interoute’s technologically advanced pan European network. Moreover, the fibre optic network offers virtually unlimited capacity to support further growth in Gibraltar. This new route complements Gibtelecom’s existing international routes, including via Telefonica and Cable & Wireless, and will provide further communications resilience for Gibraltar.

Gareth Williams, CEO, Interoute, states, “Gibraltar’s position makes it the natural hub for international businesses looking for easy access to Europe and Africa.  Gibraltar has created a successful financial services and ecommerce sector which depend on first class communications.  Consequently, we’ve seen an increasing demand from our customers to provide high capacity access to the region and we’re delighted to be able to partner with Gibtelecom and connect to their fibre optic network.

Tim Bristow, CEO, Gibtelecom, said, “By partnering with Interoute, we bring businesses in Gibraltar access to a European next generation network and the 25 European countries that it crosses. Gibraltar has witnessed a substantial surge in demand for network access, and through Gibtelecom financing the construction of this new link businesses are guaranteed enhanced connectivity, now and in the future.

Today Gibtelecom’s CEO signed an agreement, together with Diego Matas Morilla, Director General of Interoute’s Madrid Office, confirming that Gibtelecom and Interoute are now in a position to launch this new link and jointly market the services following the successful trialling of the new route.  Garth Williams, CEO of Interoute, was unable to be present in Gibraltar due to the cancellation of short haul flights from London on Wednesday.


About the new link

The new link that has been constructed by Interoute, under contract to Gibtelecom, runs from Madrid to Gibraltar.  It is over 900kms in length and runs independently of all other telecommunications carriers infrastructure in southern Spain.  The initially commissioned capacity on the link is an STM16.


Interoute is the owner operator of Europe’s most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, encompassing over 55,000 kms of lit fibre and 59 data centres. Its full-service next generation network serves more than 12,000 customers across a broad range of sectors from finance to retail and every major European incumbent, as well as the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments, universities and research agencies. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for hosting content, providing wholesale transit services, corporate access or creating new services. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, North America and Dubai Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe’s major business centres. More than €1 billion in e-commerce transactions flows through its data centres each day, making Interoute a key part of Europe’s Digital Supply Chain.

About Gibtelecom

Gibtelecom, the main provider of telecommunications services on the Rock, has played the pioneering role in the growth and development of telecommunications in Gibraltar.  It provides sophisticated solutions to transport voice, data and internet services to all types of businesses and residential customers, mainly using optical fibre networks but also deploying satellite communications and microwave links.  Gibtelecom is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company and provides the products and services matching those offered by much larger telecommunications companies throughout the world, including to some leading global financial services and egaming companies. These services now extend to state of the art data centres for hosting businesses IT equipment in Gibraltar.

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Tel. +350 20052260

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