EXA, SOCAR Fiber collaborate for Red Sea route

Created July 2, 2024
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EXA Infrastructure has signed a strategic partnership with SOCAR Fiber, a subsidiary of SOCAR Türkiye, to develop a new terrestrial fibre optic route that EXA says will provide diversity to the traditional Red Sea corridor used by submarine cables. The 1850km route will span the breadth of Türkiye, between Greece and Georgia, and further construction towards the Iraq border to provide connectivity into the Gulf region is a future possibility.

EXA says the partnership between itself and SOCAR Fibre highlights Türkiye’s role in the digital ecosystem and the importance of diverse digital corridors between Europe and the Middle East and Asia. The SOCAR Fibre cables are buried adjacent to the TANAP gas pipeline, providing high levels of reliability, and integrates seamlessly with EXA’s Trans Adriatic Express network which utilises the TAP gas pipeline to Italy.

Steve Roberts, SVP of network investments at EXA Infrastructure, said, “Terrestrial routes in the region have been an important area of development across the industry for several years, but these have now become a priority. The vulnerability in the Red Sea region has shown that the industry needs more investment in diversity. We are committed to investing in route diversity and ensuring our customers can access Europe and North America with as many secure paths as possible, and this partnership with SOCAR provides an ultra-reliable and highly scalable alternative to the Red Sea into Turkey and the rest of Europe.”

For more information, visit https://exainfra.net/

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.