Bulgaria-based Vestitel has begun construction work on a new fibre-optic link between Greece and Bulgaria, to form a fully protected diverse route, augmenting its existing fibre route between the two countries, according to a press release. The network is expected to be ready for use in approximately five months and will interconnect Sofia to Thessaloniki (Greece) and Greek capital Athens. Vestitel, a subsidiary of Bulgarian national gas utility Overgas, has already built and operates its own international fibre-optic route currently linking Sofia-Thessaloniki, and the new interconnection between Thessaloniki and Athens will be established via strategic partnerships. Vestitel’s overall objective is to provide fully protected interconnection among the countries in the Balkan region and furthermore to establish connectivity among the Balkans, the rest of Europe and Asia. Domestically, Vestitel operates a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network and also rolled out Bulgaria’s first IPTV service in 2008, TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes.