Aire Networks establishes a POP at the Barcelona CLS

Aire Networks establishes a POP at the Barcelona Cable Landing Station and accesses global companies and carriers that reach Europe by submarine cable.

Aire Networks, a leading technology solutions company, announces the opening of a new point of presence (PoP) at the Barcelona Cable Landing Station (Barcelona CLS), Barcelona’s main neutral digital port, located in Sant Adrià de Besòs, and a hub for interconnection in the Mediterranean.

With this, Aire Networks will provide large carriers with a gateway to international routes, connecting them to the rest of the world through Barcelona. It also becomes a reference provider for connectivity services in the Marseille-Barcelona-Madrid-Lisbon corridor, with its own end-to-end network.

The 2Africa submarine cable arrives in Europe, landing in Barcelona and Lisbon. In this sense, Barcelona CLS is the landing point and will be the point of interconnection and entry point for a wide range of international companies and carriers. Barcelona, that is becoming the new digital hub of the Mediterranean, is, together with Lisbon and Marseille, one of the three access points to Europe.

The presence of Aire Networks in this international submarine cable landing station is strategic, as it makes the company one of the few operators with a presence in the 3 European mooring points mentioned above. This is particularly relevant, as the company has its own network throughout the Iberian Peninsula, and having its own infrastructure to provide end to end services, gives it full capacity to comprehensively manage “n x 100 GB” capacity services, and all of this without dependence on third parties.

The establishment of this point of presence allows the company to position itself as a preferred partner for large carriers to cover their needs for Capacity services solutions and adds value to its entire Iberian network, solidly connected with Europe and with the main operators in the market.
Currently, Barcelona CLS, owned by AFR-IX Telecom, is the mooring point for 2 submarine cable systems. The station has the capacity to host up to 8 submarine cables, and is expected to host Medusa by 2024.

Aire Networks, a leading company in technological solutions, has decided to join the Barcelona CLS due to the connectivity needs that arise with the establishment of this new station. Aire Networks already has an international presence in Marseille and Lisbon, where it is also planning to open its own new neutral datacenter.

“Aire’s presence at the Barcelona CLS is an important step forward for the company in its international development strategy. With this incorporation, Aire Networks becomes one of the reference providers of terrestrial connectivity solutions from the station to the most important datacenters in the Iberian Peninsula and to the rest of the submarine cable stations in the region. In addition, Aire’s infrastructure and services will allow the Barcelona Cable Landing Station to have a robust and diversified connectivity to the digital reference centres in Europe (FLAP), as well as to all the other submarine cable systems’ landing stations in Portugal, Spain and France (Marseille).”

Raúl Aledo, CEO of Aire Networks

“Since we inaugurated the landing station, just four months ago, we have seen how it has become a pole of attraction for the most important operators in the sector. With the entry of Aire Networks, the project is further consolidated to make Barcelona CLS a benchmark port in the Mediterranean.”

Miguel Angel Acero, VP Operations of AFR-IX telecom

Aire Networks’ international connectivity capacity, which was already expanded in 2022 with the addition of a new point of presence in Marseille, is further strengthened with this opening at the Barcelona CLS. With this action, the company reaffirms its position as one of the most relevant players in the high digital connectivity landscape in Southern Europe and as the protagonist of the huge demand for connectivity caused by the presence of hyperscalers and traditional carriers.

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