Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top ten global operators, announced on April 12 a long-term investment for the deployment of BlueMed submarine cable linking Palermo with Genoa. The BlueMed cable system will connect Sparkle’s Sicily Hub open data center in Palermo and Milan’s rich digital ecosystem.

There are now 18 international submarine cables landing in Sicilia Island of Italy, at cable landing station in Palermo, Cantania, Trapani, Marina di Ragusa, Pozzallo, Mazara del Vallo.

Sparkle operates its Sicily Hub open data center in Palermo, with backhaul connecting the 18 submarine cables. 

Sparkle will build a new open landing station in Genoa, directly connecting the rich digital ecosystem in Milan. In addition, Sparkle’s new open landing station in Genoa is set to become the alternative priority access for other upcoming submarine cables looking for a diversified entry way to Europe, thus strengthening Italy's role as digital gateway between Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe.

The BlueMed cable system will have a system capacity up to 240 Tbps and about 1,000 km long. BlueMed will provide advanced connectivity between Middle East, Africa, Asia and the European mainland hubs with up to 50% latency reduction than existing terrestrial cables connecting Sicily with Milan. The BlueMed cable system will also include multiple branches within the Tyrrhenian Sea and is set to support further extensions southbound of Sicily.

The BlueMed cable system is planned to be operational by 2020. 

Telecom Italia Sparkle's IP backbone network AS6762 is one of the top 10 Tier 1 IP networks worldwide. By investing on the BlueMed cable system and new open Genoa cable landing station, Sparkle aims at consolidating its  leadership in the Mediterranean basin through the extension and enhancement of its regional backbone.