MedNautilus, the Mediterranean operations of the Telecom Italia Sparkle Group, and Cypriot telco Cyta have announced that a new submarine cable sub-system connecting Israel to France is now operational. The cable, named TELMAR, links Tel Aviv to Marseilles, and represents MedNautilus’ third international route for the Israeli market, augmenting existing facilities from Patach Tikqva and Haifa to Catania and Tel Aviv to Mazara. The TELMAR sub-system leverages the recently upgraded LEV cable connecting Israel to Cyprus. According to a press release TELMAR represents a new connectivity option to serve the growing need for diversification of the Israeli market, in addition to the existing MedNautilus ring configured backbone.
‘Israel is a very relevant market to MedNautilus where we intend to maintain our strong positioning, as well as in the whole Eastern Mediterranean region, by continuing to invest and enhancing our proposition, and therefore supporting the increasing demands of our customers in the area,’ said Zvika Caspy, Telecom Italia Sparkle’s executive vice president of European sales.
Yiannis Koulias, Cyta’s director for wholesale markets, said: ‘Through Cyta’s extensive international telecommunications infrastructure, comprising multiple submarine cable systems connecting with neighbouring countries and other international destinations, Cyprus currently constitutes a major telecommunications hub in the Mediterranean region. The new TELMAR sub-system provides both Cyta and MedNautilus with business opportunities to access new markets.’
Cyta and MedNautilus intend to use Cyta’s existing MINERVA cable sub-system and MedNautilus cable facilities in addition to Sparkle’s Pan European Backbone to offer protection to TELMAR. The partners will upgrade the MINERVA subsystem with further 10Gbps wavelengths which will also be employed to increase Cyta’s current IP connectivity to Sparkle’s IP Backbone Seabone in Catania. Cyta and MedNautilus also intend to light a new fibre section of the MedNautilus system connecting Haifa to Pentaskhinos, in order to create the first fibre ring network between Israel and Cyprus.