Cinia Recognized as ‘Highly Commended’ in the Excellence in Connectivity Category at Datacloud Awards 2016

Recognition for High Level of Service Reliability and Availability

Highlights the Benefits of the New Direct Submarine Link between Germany and Finland

Helsinki, Finland and Monte Carlo, Monaco – June 8, 2016 – Cinia Group, Finland-based designer, builder and operator of intelligent connectivity and ICT solutions, was named ‘Highly Commended’ in the Excellence in Connectivity category at Datacloud Awards. The category winner was Equinix, while other shortlisted companies included Level 3 Communications and PCCW Global.

The recognition highlights the successful completion of the ambitious Cinia C-Lion1 submarine data cable with a record-breaking capacity of 144 terabits per second (Tbps). Commercially opened in May and labeled Northern Digital Highway, the new internet backbone directly links key European network nodes such as DE-CIX Frankfurt, the largest internet exchange point in the world, via Finland to Russian and Asian markets.

The award ceremony took place in conjunction with the Datacloud Europe 2016 conference, held in Monaco on June 8-9. The awards ceremony and conference attract data center and cloud players, their customers, investors and suppliers from across Europe and globally. “Recognition the Datacloud Award is yet another testimony for the significant role of enabling infrastructure in the single digital market in Europe,” said Jukka-Pekka Joensuu, Executive Vice President, Cinia Group. “Providing a secure low-latency platform for data center to data center connectivity, the Northern Digital Highway can efficiently handle increasing requirements driven by cloud computing, big data and digitalization” The cyber secure C-Lion1 connection enables data center providers to benefit from Finland’s cool climate, strict privacy laws and low energy pricing. Existing interconnections at the Finnish-Russian border allow for direct access to Asia via the so called northern Silk Road route, positioning 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 totals 1,200 kilometers in length and consists of eight optical fiber pairs.

For further information, please contact:

  • Jukka-Pekka Joensuu, Executive Vice President, Cinia Group
    Tel. +358 40 179 8855, email
  • Eeva Liljanto, Partnership Director, Cinia Group
    Tel. +358 50 2166, email
  • Agency Contact: Juha Frey, Netprofile for Cinia Group
    Tel. +358 40 572 4674, email

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. Our professionals 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.