SOURCE: UNIFI Communications

UNIFI Communications

May 24, 2010 13:27 ET

UNIFI Communications Announces Undersea Cable Project With Interoute

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 24, 2010) -  UNIFI Communications, a leading US-based international carrier, and Interoute Communications, the owner/operator of Europe's most advanced fiber network, today announced the signing of an agreement whereby Interoute will provide the landing solution in Italy for Albania's first competitive undersea fiber optic cable, to be constructed as the first phase of UNIFI's Balkans-Italy Network ("BIN") project, which is expected to begin providing service in Albania by 1Q2011.

Under the agreement, Interoute is responsible for providing the required facilities and support in Italy to allow UNIFI's undersea cable to land and connect through Italy to major telecommunications Network Access Points ("NAPs") located in Milan, Italy and Frankfurt, Germany. Adrian Shatku, President and CEO of UNIFI, explained "We selected Interoute as our landing solution partner because Interoute has a competitive edge in terms of expertise, experience, and Europe's most advanced network. Thanks to its network connections, Interoute also gives us the flexibility we need for the future, including the ability to connect with other network operators at the Italian cable landing station and throughout Europe. With this flexibility, UNIFI can market and sell many types of network services, including wholesale Internet transport at up to Gigabit speeds, all types of other bandwidth services, and dark fiber connectivity to Albania from Italy or from other parts of Europe. Naturally, our network will be built using the state-of-the-art fiber optic and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing ('DWDM') technologies, providing virtually unlimited bandwidth capability and much needed diversity for Albania and eventually for the entire Balkan region."

According to UNIFI's plans, the first phase of BIN aims to provide seamless optical connectivity into Tirana, the capital city of Albania, which is some 40 km inland from the 240 km Adriatic Sea crossing. The next immediate steps for UNIFI will involve finalizing the selection of its undersea cable supplier, and meeting with potential partners that may be interested in modifying the cable configuration to include one or more branching units for expedited future connection of additional cable segments to other countries, such as Montenegro, Greece, or perhaps even Middle Eastern countries across the Mediterranean Sea.

Also as a part of the first phase, UNIFI plans to establish Albania's first NAP, which will facilitate interconnections among the country's telecom operators and ISPs, and is expected to become a major telecommunications hub for the Balkan region. To address region-wide market needs, UNIFI plans for subsequent phases of BIN to include development of additional terrestrial connectivity into the neighboring countries of Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro. Such fiber links will stimulate the growth of connectivity into other regional markets, such as Bulgaria and Turkey.

"As early as next week, UNIFI expects to begin providing more information about the BIN project to potential customers, including pre-construction bandwidth sales incentives for network transport services offerings in Albania," noted Brian Crawford, Vice President of Business Development for UNIFI.

Gareth Williams, CEO of Interoute, commented "Interoute is proud to be involved in this significant digital step for Albania and Eastern Europe. It is a very exciting time for this region with many rapidly growing telecommunications markets. The extra capacity and resilience provided by this new cable will support new business growth and should encourage investment in Albania and the surrounding countries."

About UNIFI Communications

UNIFI COMMUNICATIONS (pronounced "Unify" communications), headquartered in New York City, USA, is a major international voice carrier and a leading provider of enhanced telecommunication services and solutions. Service offerings include highly competitive wholesale voice termination services, pre-paid calling services partnerships (co-branding, marketing, and sales of partner services), solutions for enterprise customers (pure IP phone systems, International SIP trunks, etc.), customized mobile solutions (messaging, roaming, etc.), and network infrastructure development services (satellite, terrestrial, undersea, wireless, etc.). For more information, visit: www.unificom.com

About Interoute

Interoute is the owner/operator of Europe's most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, encompassing over 55,000 km of lit fiber, 8 Data Centers, 32 purpose-built collocation centers and on-net to another 150 partner Data Centers across the European footprint. Interoute's full-service next generation network serves international enterprises from a broad range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, finance, pharmaceutical and retail, plus every major European incumbent, as well as the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments, universities and research agencies. These organizations find Interoute the ideal partner for hosting content, providing wholesale bandwidth and transit services, corporate connectivity or creating new services. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, in North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe's major business centers. Providing service and support in 15 European languages, Interoute is a key part of Europe's Digital Supply Chain. The network is future-proofed, endowed with Europe's largest fiber and duct reserve, and is a leader in the deployment of advanced network technologies, from the ground to the Cloud. www.interoute.com

Contact Information

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    For UNIFI Communications:
    Brian Crawford
    VP of Business Development
    110 Wall Street, 13th Floor
    New York, NY 10005 U.S.A.
    Telephone: +1-212-845-9095, ext. 111
    Fax: +1-212-504-8299
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    For Interoute Communications:
    Ruth Jones
    Speed Communications
    6th Floor
    The Communications Building
    48 Leicester Square
    London WC2H 7LT
    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7842 3263
    Fax: +44 (0) 20 7842 3299
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