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Press Release -- June 27th, 2017
Source: aae-1, retelit

AAE-1 submarine cable enters into service

Asia, Africa and Europe are now even closer thanks to one of the largest submarine cable ever constructed

Milan, June 27, 2017 – Retelit announces the commercial launch of AAE-1 submarine cable,
the fiber optic system connecting Europe to Asia through Bari.

The 25,000 km of submarine infrastructure extending from Europe to fa East, is now ready
to satisfy bandwidth demand to and from Asia: with the launch of the AAE-1 cable, Retelit
can now offer operators, Carriers and international OTT’s high-speed and low latency
connections through alternative infrastructure than previously available.

The Italian landing point of the cable – owned by the company – is in Bari, a city now
considered a major digital hub for the Mediterranean thanks to its strategic location.
The cable, which has been laid as far as Vietnam, currently has 19 connected international
“terminal stations” out of 21 (20 landing points and a land extension in Singapore). The last
section connecting the Hong Kong PoP will be completed immediately after the summer.

Thanks to the system, Retelit can satisfy increasing data, connectivity and transport demand
from Asia, the Middle East and the Gulf – home to some of the largest emerging markets
such as Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Yemen.

With a capacity of 40 Terabit per second and 100 Gbps technology, the AAE-1 is the world’s
fastest cable system and the first to offer the lowest level of point-to-point latency through
an “express route” between Egypt and Thailand.

“We are proud of the delivery of the AAE-1 submarine cable both on time and on budget.
The challenge that lies ahead of us now, after hitting the delivery deadline and investment
targets, is to carry the majority of traffic through Italy and become the main hub for traffic
from Asia and the Middle East. With this major achievement, we can win traffic along the
entire length of the cable”, stated Federico Protto, Chief Executive Officer and General
Manager of Retelit.
Retelit Group
Retelit is a major Italian provider of data and infrastructure services to the telecommunications market and has been listed on the Milan
Stock Exchange since 2000, joining the STAR segment on September 26, 2016. The company’s fiber optic infrastructure at March 31,
2017 covers over 9,860 kilometers (equivalent to approx. 220,000 km of fiber-optic cables, of which 64,000 located in MAN), connecting
9 Urban Networks and 15 Data Centers across Italy. It has approx. 3,150 On-Net sites, of which 2,012 customer sites, 639
telecommunication towers, 447 cabinets and 40 Data Centers, the Retelit network also extends beyond Italy: thanks to the partnership
with BICS it has access to the largest European PoP’s, including Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris. Retelit is member of AAE-1
(Africa-Asia-Europe-1), the submarine cable system connecting Europe to Asia through the Middle East, reaching 19 Countries, from
Marseille to Hong Kong, owning a landing station in Bari. These valuable assets make Retelit a perfect technological partner for TLC and
ICT operators and businesses, providing on demand a complete range of high-quality, reliable and safe solutions. Services range from
ultra-broadband fiber optic internet connection to the Cloud and network and VPN services to colocation solutions, with approx. 10,400
square meters of equipped and secure fiber optic connected spaces, for the outsourcing of Data Center services and the satisfaction of
disaster recovery and business continuity needs. Retelit’s Carrier Ethernet services are in addition Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certified.

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