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Press Release -- February 9th, 2011
Source: Interoute
Tags: Colocation, DWDM, Expansion, MPLS, Submarine Cable

Telefónica International Wholesale Services chooses Interoute to reinforce and expand its network in Europe

Strategic Partnership forged, as Interoute becomes the main fibre optic network provider for TIWS in Western Europe

Madrid, 09 February 2011 – Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) has selected Interoute as its core fibre optic network provider for Western Europe, responsible for deploying a next-generation optical DWDM network. As part of this strategic partnership TIWS will also become Interoute’s provider for trans-Atlantic, USA and Latin America routes.

Interoute will provide TIWS with a 100 GB capacity network connecting the major cities of Europe, to support its future expansion plans. This long-term partnership agreement reinforces the business relationship the companies have been developing for years.

TIWS will enjoy the benefits of working directly with the owner of Europe’s largest next-generation network, leveraging the economies of scale, simplicity and management convenience characterising Interoute’s network. The backbone network is designed for scalability, flexibility and route diversity to ensure the highest quality and transparency in connectivity across the entire network.

This agreement extends the TIWS network footprint to the main cities in Western Europe, including Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Marseille, and includes a plan to add more cities in the future.

TIWS’ Chief Executive Officer, José Ramón Vela, declared that: “With this agreement, we are responding to the growth experienced by the Telefónica Group in Europe over the last few years, both organic, resulting from the growth in broadband connections, and inorganic, with our entry into new markets. Following its commitment to meet Telefónica’s international and global needs, TIWS strengthens its network in Europe with a trusted partner, Interoute.”

“Telefónica has an outstanding track record that has placed it among the most admired and iconic companies in Europe”, says Gareth Williams, Interoute’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to the success of their business in the continent, and Interoute’s size, scale and expertise in managing outsourced network projects make it the ideal partner to support TIWS. Seeing Telefónica’s confidence renewed with such a significant project is very gratifying for us.”

About Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS)

Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) is the Telefónica Group’s company delivering wholesale telecommunication services worldwide to international wireline and mobile voice providers, ISPs and content providers. Their service portfolio includes international voice, IP, bandwidth, satellite services, international services for corporations, mobility services, and platforms.

Telefónica International Wholesale Services is committed to applying the latest technology in all their services and products. The company has a TIER 1 Backbone providing direct connectivity with Latin America, United States and Europe, through their extensive optical fibre network, including, among other facilities, the SAm-1 submarine cable. TIWS carries 20,000 million minutes of international voice traffic per year through their NGN network and over 300 direct routes with international carriers.

It also delivers converged and IT solutions to multinational corporations outside the Group’s network footprint, through their broad IP/MPLS network, with POPs in more than 40 countries and local agreements with OEMs and mobile and local operators.

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, 8 Data Centres, 32 purpose-built colocation centres and on-net to another 150 partner Data Centres across the European footprint. Interoute’s 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, in North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe’s major business centres. Providing service and support in 15 European languages, Interoute is a key part of Europe’s Digital Supply Chain. The network is future-proofed, endowed with Europe’s largest fibre and duct reserve, and is a leader in the deployment of advanced network technologies, from the ground to the Cloud.

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