Originally posted to SubCableWorld
An interview with Greg Varisco, CEO, Cinturion Corp Ltd.
Editor’s Note: Cinturion Corp Ltd. and Stonecourt Capital recently announced a collaboration agreement that will lead to a new submarine and terrestrial fiber optic cable system providing new routes between India and Europe. Known as the Trans Europe Asia System (TEAS), it will connect 10 countries with approximately 9,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable. Cinturion’s goal is to start the manufacturing process for the system in the latter part of this year. It will take about a year to manufacture and a year to install. The company is looking to have it ready and delivering services to our customers in early to mid-2023.
SubCableWorld had the pleasure to speak with Greg Varisco, CEO of Cinturion, about the new project. The following are his comments.
Greg Varisco: “In recent years, there has been a buildout of new submarine cable systems in the Atlantic which I led, and Pacific using the latest technologies. Recognizing the need for disruptive change in the Indian Ocean region for routes to Europe, I realized we had all the key relationships to do this. The challenge of putting a private cable across the Indian Ocean was to be able to obtain rights-of-way and true diverse routes that would be needed to make a real impact on the market.
TEAS will consist of several submarine cables, called Med West (MW) and Med East (ME), which run from Marseilles, France, and Bari, Italy, to the Eastern Mediterranean coast. A third subsea cable, known as India Middle East (IME), will run from Aqaba, Jordan, to Thuwal, KSA; Oman, UAE; and Ras Al Khair, Bahrain, and have two branches extending to Mumbai. A unique feature of TEAS will be two terrestrial fiber networks across Jordan and Saudi Arabia. This will provide true diversity along a route that traditionally passes through Egypt.
As private cables are doing and have done in the other regions, ours needed to be designed as an Open Cable system. For us, this really entails three aspects:
The first aspect is that our customers can use whatever technology their vendors offer on the fiber pairs they use and they are able to operate those pairs at their data center. In this way, we’re providing fiber connectivity from data center to data center, not just cable station to cable station.
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