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Press Release -- March 30th, 2010
Source: Interoute
Tags: Video, VoIP

Interoute extends its reach to Istanbul, making Turkey part of the European Union’s largest fibre optic network

Published Date:
March 30, 2010

Interoute provides customers high capacity connectivity to Istanbul

London30 March 2010, â€“ Interoute, owner of Europe’s largest next generation network, today announced that it has extended its pan-European fibre optic network into Istanbul, connecting Turkey to the heart of the EU. Despite the large numbers of European companies operating in Turkey, only a small number of providers cross the border into the EU, making options extremely limited for carriers and businesses. With Interoute’s fibre investment in Turkey, the provider becomes the only European operator to be able to provide high capacity connectivity direct from 26 European countries into Turkey’s dynamic business centre.

Uniquely positioned between Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Turkey is a strategic global hub for multinational businesses. The country attracted more than $11 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2009 from multinational companies despite the global recession.¹ Last year 54.7 per cent of companies operating in Turkey were from European Union (EU) countries.²

Interoute’s network has the highest capacity of any European network and is designed to carry video, multimedia internet traffic and bandwidth intensive digital applications. The company has followed a strategy of extending its high capacity network East and South East into emerging business markets and continually seeks to meet the demand for fibre across Europe and beyond. Interoute’s pan-European network now covers 99 cities in 28 countries. All traffic through the Istanbul PoP will be monitored by Interoute’s NOC (network operations centre) in Prague and businesses can benefit from advanced managed services including connectivity, VPN services, managed hosting, Unified Communications and VoIP solutions.

Renzo Ravaglia EVP Wholesale at Interoute, said: “Turkey is known for its heritage and history and 2010 rightly sees Istanbul take its turn as the European Capital of Culture. But equally impressive is Istanbul’s development into a key business and media hub for national and international business. As increasing numbers of European companies look to Turkey for new business opportunities the requirement for the type of high capacity, highly resilient data connectivity that Interoute specialises in, is growing.

¹ http://in.reuters.com/article/asiaCompanyAndMarkets/idINLB17023820090311

² http://business.globaltimes.cn/world/2009-08/457643.html

About Interoute

Interoute is the owner operator of Europe's most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, encompassing over 55,000 km of lit fibre and 59 data centres. Its full-service next generation network serves international enterprises from a broad range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, finance, pharmaceutical and retail, plus 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 bandwidth and transit services, corporate connectivity 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.

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