Grid Telecom and Islalink announce an agreement for the terrestrial backbone fiber extension of the IONIAN submarine cable linking Italy and Greece. The IONIAN submarine system will be extended with Grid Telecom’s optic fiber network from the landing point in Preveza to Athens and then on to Thessaloniki.

The IONIAN submarine cable system connects Crotone, Italy, with Preveza, Greece, jointly developed and owned by IslaLink and Elettra, a fully owned subsidiary of Orange.

Grid Telecom is a Greek company, established in January 2019. A 100% subsidiary company of ADMIE (Independent Power Transmission Operator-IPTO), Grid Telecom is IPTO’s vehicle for providing telecom services to national and international Providers. Grid Telecom’s fiber optic network (terrestrial and submarine) exceeds 3000km throughout Greece. The expansion of the fiber optic network will exceed 6000km throughout Greece in the next five years, connecting islands with the core network.

Grid Telecom and Islalink both are neutral providers of wholesale services, fully aligned from a strategic point of view.

The IONIAN cable is expected to be instrumental to the emergence of Athens and Thessaloniki as regional hubs for cloud, content and telecommunication services and is set to trigger new investments in digital infrastructure.


Terrestrial backbone fiber extension of the IONIAN submarine cable
Terrestrial backbone fiber extension of the IONIAN submarine cable via Grid Telecom's nextwork