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Interoute Communications Ltd, is a privately held telecommunications company, which owns and operates Europe's largest cloud services platform - serving international enterprises and telecommunications operators worldwide, with voice, video, computing and high capacity international data bandwidth and network infrastructure. The network links to 21 metropolitan area networks (MANs) in 30 countries across 60,000 km of lit fibre and includes nine data centers and 32 colocation centres.
Interoute’s network extends from Europe to North America, the Middle East and Africa. With nine subsea landing stations ringing the edge of Europe, Interoute also acts as the landing point for a number of submarine cable systems, as well as providing the European link to the SEACOM cable connecting East and South Africa to Europe. The Mediterranean operators Tunisie Telecom, Malta’s GO and Greece’s OTE also link directly to the Interoute network in Italy.
The geographic spread of Interoute’s network has enabled the creation of the largest privately owned Europe-wide IP cloud, providing enterprises with a platform to host content and applications and to create new services.
Interoute has offices in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, plus a Network Operations Centre and a Customer Service Centre in Prague and Luleå.
Interoute was formed in mid-2002, amidst the collapse of the telecommunications sector. Four weeks after its holding company i-21 Holdings Ltd went into administration, Interoute Telecommunications was forced into administration too by its main supplier, Alcatel. It undertook extensive restructuring and sold its traditional telephony operations in order to concentrate exclusively on network and Internet services. A final settlement with Alcatel was reached, effective February 2003.
The core of Interoute’s assets is a purpose-built network spanning the European Union. That physical infrastructure was supplemented through a series of acquisitions. Interoute acquired the Ebone portion of the KPNQwest NV network from receivers McStay Luby in July 2002. The deal transferred eight high-capacity Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) into Interoute’s ownership, at a cost rumoured to be a fraction of the €645 million KPNQwest paid for it. Between 2003 and 2007 Interoute acquired a number of businesses, including: Virtue Broadcasting’s Media Services Division, to expand its value-added services portfolio; Central European Communications Holdings BV (CECOM) and its operating subsidiaries in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Poland and Romania, which extended its footprint in the CEE; the European operations of hosting provider VIA NET.WORKS; and PSINet’s European operations in Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland; plus Managed Services businesses in Sweden and Bulgaria.
A few days later Interoute was one of eight respondents in a legal case taken to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal by NGO Privacy International concerned with "indiscriminate interception and storing of huge amounts of data" and "failure to have a publicly accessible legal framework".
A privately held company, Interoute is owned by the Sandoz Family Foundation, one of the world's largest private family foundations, and by Dubai Holding, a major investment company of the United Arab Emirates.
Since the network’s completion in 2003, revenue has increased at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57 per cent, with revenues in H1 2009 reported to be 15 times greater than six years earlier. The company became operationally cash-flow positive and a self-funding enterprise at the end of H1 2009.
Offering unified ICT services.
Interoute targets enterprises with international voice and data requirements. Its core customer base derives from broadcast, financial services (including algorithmic trading), manufacturing, media, pharmaceutical, retail and shipping.
The Virtual Data Centre (VDC) is Interoute's scalable, fully automated Infrastructure as a Service solution, providing on-demand computing, storage and applications integrated into the IT infrastructure.
All of Interoute’s Voice services, aimed at both enterprise and wholesale markets, are based on voice over IP (VoIP). Interoute was the first European operator to be certified by Microsoft to provide SIP-trunking for enterprise customers who use Microsoft Outlook Communication Server (OCS).
Interoute’s data services include Ethernet, Internet Protocol virtual private networks (IPVPN), Internet access and bandwidth services. Another service; Fast Trade, was specifically designed for finance customers involved in algorithmic trading who require extremely low latency and low packet loss on links between locations.
- http://www.interoute.com/unified-ict/computing/cloud-services company website
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