Indian carrier Reliance Globalcom has announced the launch of the HAWK submarine cable system connecting Yeroskipos in Cyprus and Marseille in France. The Cyprus landing station was deployed in partnership with Cypriot triple-play broadband operator PrimeTel. According to a press release Reliance’s international fibre-optic route connecting France to Alexandria in Egypt terminates in Cyprus at Anatoliko, the industrial area in Paphos. The HAWK cable has a capacity of 2.7Tbps and spans a distance of 3,181km, and may be extended to other Mediterranean countries in the future. With the launch of its landing station PrimeTel becomes Cyprus’ first alternative international cable operator to incumbent telco Cyta, while doubling its broadband capacity and reducing data transfer latency.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, HAWK was landed at Yeroskipos in June 2009 and was due to be launched via a deal PrimeTel inked with Reliance back in April 2008, under which it agreed to provide a 5Gbps capacity connection to the Indian operator’s global network. However, the project was frozen after Yeroskipos municipal council refused planning permission for the landing station, despite work reaching an advanced stage. In late 2009 PrimeTel threatened court action, after writing to the municipality warning that a long-term loss of earnings claim could reach EUR150 million (USD217 million). Last month PrimeTel pulled off another industry coup in Cyprus, when it launched the Republic’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service, over Cyta’s cellular network.