Interoute Communications

The liberalization of European telecommunications markets in 1998 coincided with the involvement of the Sandoz Family Foundation in Interoute Communications, a company at that time active in traditional telephony. In 1999 Interoute began construction of the biggest network in Europe, the broad-band i-21 network based on the latest technology. In more than one way that ambitious project firmly anchored Interoute in the new fields of data communications and Internet services.

Interoute rapidly divested its traditional telephony activity to concentrate exclusively on the fields of data communications. Today its fiber optic network consists of 12 rings linking 90 cities in 24 countries through 57,000 kilometers of lit fiber with a capacity of one petabit (one billion megabits per second). It extends to the heart of Europe’s biggest cities through 21 metropolitan area networks (MANs). Its products and services include bandwidth, virtual private networks, high-speed Internet access and transit, managed hosting, communications services and media streaming.

The Interoute network is the largest in Europe, offering unequaled homogeneity, capacity and geographic reach. It transports a large and growing share of Europe’s Internet traffic.

The Sandoz Family Foundation holds a majority stake in Interoute and is represented on the Board of Directors by Mr. Gabriel Prêtre. Dubai Holding, a major investment company of the United Arab Emirates, is the other shareholder – and partner – of reference of the company.

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