China Telecom Europe (CTE) has launched a point of presence (PoP) at Lamda Hellix's Athens data center campus.

This is CTE’s first PoP in Greece, and will give both Greek and Chinese organizations the ability to establish a commercial presence in the other's market.

The Athens campus, just outside the city, was established in 2003 and consists of two data centers each with a capacity of 6,000 sq m (64,500 sq ft).

The new Silk Road

Lamda Hellixʼs Athens-2 data center in Greece, built in 2015, was the first data center in South-East Europe to receive the Uptime Institute's Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility. CTE chose Lamda for its PoP as part of its 'Digital Silk Road initiative,' a project to open up partnerships between tech businesses between China, and Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Charlie Cao, CTE's managing director, said: “Over the past few years we have seen more and more Chinese enterprises looking for a trustworthy gateway to the digital spectrum in Europe.

"Our new PoP in the Lamda Hellix Data Centre marks the start of a new era for our commercial operations.

"We are investing in the Digital Silk Road while steadily creating a large bandwidth, multi-route, high-quality, low-latency, controllable communications network across Europe and Asia.”

Alexandros Bechrakis, chief commercial and technology officer at Lamda Hellix, said: “We are delighted to be among China’s gateways towards our region. Our award-winning data centers, with their cutting-edge technology, are among the most advanced in EMEA.

"We now offer Chinese companies seeking new commercial opportunities a truly reliable partner in Europe.”