Lancom, a leading provider of Data Center, Cloud and Telecommunication services in the Balkan region, is moving to the next stage of its planned development plan and announces the start of procedures for the construction of its fourth Data Center in Crete.

The Balkan Gate Crete, is a strategic investment of great importance, with which Crete will acquire its first-TIER III carrier neutral data center, with the direct goal of concentrating all the optical submarine fibers that land from the Mediterranean and the Aegean, in the existing and future Cable Landing Stations (CLS).

The data center will be housed in a privately owned building infrastructure and will be constructed from scratch according to the TIER III specifications of the Uptime Institute, incorporating at each stage the most modern technological systems for infrastructure, energy and cooling management. With absolute respect for the environment, Lancom has set itself the goal of maximum energy efficiency of the Data Center with innovative cutting-edge solutions that will be implemented by its strategic partners.

At its launch, Balkan Gate Crete will be directly connected to Balkan Gate in Kalochori, Thessaloniki (, creating a telecommunications dipole, with the safest and fastest data transit from the Mediterranean to the Balkans and vice versa. At the same time, operating exclusively as a carrier neutral data center, it will be the only neutral point of connection of all the fiber optic providers of the Mediterranean with Greece and consequently with the Balkans.

George Nolis, CEO of Lancom stated:

With the successful participation of Lancom in International Telecoms Week 2022, in Washington DC, and the ratification of agreements for MoU, with telecommunication providers of international scope, we come to continue the realization of our vision, placing Greece as a protagonist in telecommunications and Data Center services. Our plans are already finding immediate correspondence and declared intention of cooperation from every global telecommunication and content provider that understands the perspective and dynamics of the Balkan Gate concept. After the Balkan Gate in Kalochori, Thessaloniki, the Balkan Gate Crete was the next logical step to complete the Thessaloniki – Athens – Crete axis, which will be the new telecommunications route in the wider region of the Balkans and the Southeastern Mediterranean. Thus, we are creating a completely new, optimal transit from the Middle East, Northeast Africa and the remote regions of Asia, to Central and Northeastern Europe. In this way, we put an end to the current regime of submarine fiber optics, which simply passed our country and redefine our position on the world telecommunications map.

Lancom, a purely Greek company, has been active since 2009, offering Enterprise Class Cloud & Data Center services to Greek and multinational companies and organizations, through its three privately owned Data Centers in Thessaloniki and Athens. At the same time, it has developed an extensive privately owned metropolitan fiber network in Athens and Thessaloniki, providing enterprise fiber to the business (FTTB) connectivity solutions at speeds from 1000 Mbps to Nx100 Gbps. The new investment of the company in Crete, places it much more dynamically on the international map of Carrier Neutral Data Center service providers.