BICS extends European network footprint with new fibre route between Italy, Switzerland


Network expansion delivers reduced latency for voice, data and IP services

BICS, a global communications enabler, has announced the growth of its European connectivity footprint, with the launch of a new fibre route between Italy (Torino) and Switzerland (Lausanne), and five new points-of-presence (PoPs) that will enable low-latency IP services in North-Eastern Europe.

The new fibre route is exclusive to BICS and its launch supports the company’s strategy to connect submarine cable systems coming from Asia and Africa onto the European continent.

It will provide up to 40% lower latency for traffic coming out of Italy, enabling ultra-fast network speeds and seamless connectivity. This network expansion strengthens BICS’ position in the submarine backhauling market in Europe.

Five new PoPs have also been launched in Warsaw, Stockholm, Prague, Helsinki and Copenhagen, so that BICS’ customers can now access IP-based services, including Cloud Connect, Remote Peering and Carrier Ethernet in these locations.

The company has also carried out upgrades on existing PoPs in Moscow and Kiev to double the capacity of these sites. BICS’ network now encompasses over 130 PoPs across the globe, providing high quality international connectivity for voice and data services.

The continuous network expansion ensures BICS can offer a full, transparent, end-to-end service to customers across multiple European markets, and is perfectly placed to meet the growing global demand for low-latency connectivity and IP-based services.

Johan Wouters, Senior Vice President, Capacity Solutions, BICS, said: “Latency is becoming a key differentiator for our customers, and as such a critical element in our network expansion plans. More than just an expansion of BICS’ footprint, the new fibre route between Torino and Lausanne and the strategically placed new PoPs ensure we can optimise key routes, so that we can offer the best quality of service with the lowest possible latency.”