Press Release

Cinia Group, Finland-based designer, builder and operator of intelligent connectivity and ICT solutions, will link the new C-Lion1 submarine cable system between Germany and Finland to Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers in Frankfurt and Helsinki.

The Cinia C-Lion1 submarine cable system ties Central and Northern Europe closely together by cutting the round trip delay into less than 20 milliseconds. This cyber secure connection with a record-breaking capacity of 144 Tbps seamlessly links data centers, enabling data center providers to benefit from Finland’s cool climate, strict privacy laws and low energy pricing.

“Efficient data centers and reliable network infrastructure are the backbone of the Digital Single Market in Europe,” said Jukka-Pekka Joensuu, Executive Vice President, Cinia. “We are delighted to connect to Equinix as their global footprint of reliable IBX data centers and established business ecosystems are ideally suited for the needs of our target customers across enterprise, carrier and financial markets.”

Equinix data centers in Frankfurt are business hubs for 800+ companies and 400+ network providers and provide a direct access to DE-CIX, the largest internet exchange point in the world, along with Kleyrex and DataIX internet exchanges. Six Equinix data centers in Helsinki provide conveniently located colocation facilities and a wide range of value-added services with a latency level equivalent to a location in a Frankfurt suburb.

“The C-Lion1 submarine cable system will provide greater interconnection capabilities for high-performance applications in Central and Northern Europe,” said Eric Schwartz, President, EMEA, Equinix. “The growth and rapid evolution of the digital economy demand ever-increasing levels of network performance and capacity. At Equinix, we are committed to connecting the world’s leading business organizations to their customers, employees and partners inside our highly interconnected International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. We are delighted that Cinia chose Equinix IBXs to be prime connection points on the C-Lion1 system and welcome Cinia as the newest participant in the broader ecosystems that thrive in our IBXs.”

The Cinia C-Lion1 submarine cable provides a low latency route from Central European network nodes via Finland to Russian and Asian markets. Existing interconnections at the Finnish-Russian border enable direct access to Asia via the so called northern Silk Road route. In the future, the planned Arctic Connect sea cable via the Northeast Passage is set to further position Finland as the key gateway between the East and the West.

Designed and commissioned by Cinia Group and built in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the Cinia C-Lion1 cable system is planned to be commercially available during spring 2016. The cable totals 1,172 kilometers in length and consists of eight optical fiber pairs with a total capacity of 144 terabits per second (Tbps).

Note to editors: Cinia Group will exhibit at the International Telecoms Week (ITW), Hyatt Regency & Swissôtel, Chicago, IL, USA, May 8-11. Please visit the Cinia booth #1302 on purple level or email eeva.liljanto(at)cinia(dot)fi to set an appointment at the event.

For further information, please contact:

Cinia Company Contact: Jukka-Pekka Joensuu, Executive Vice President, Cinia Group Tel. +358 50 2179 Email jukka-pekka.joensuu(at)cinia(dot)fi

Cinia Agency Contact: Juha Frey, Netprofile for Cinia Group Tel. +358 40 572 4674 Email juha(at)netprofile(dot)fi

Equinix Europe (EMEA) Press Contact: APCO Worldwide Email equinix(at)apcoworldwide(dot)com

Equinix Press Contact: Liam Rose Email lrose(at)equinix(dot)com

Cinia Group creates intelligent connectivity solutions that make the world smaller and your business smarter. We have over 10.000 km of own backbone and we are building international connectivity and sea cable connecting East and West. With over 200 own professionals we design, build and operate nationally critical systems in open system environment serving many major traffic and energy distribution operators. We have a strategic ambition to build and expand Cloud Backbone to fuel Single Digital Market in Europe and offer system solutions created for private and public sector customers. Please visit for more information.