In the latest years Marseille has become one of the key Mediterranean data hubs. The exponential increase in demand for data in Africa, Middle East and Asia has attracted data center providers and operators (including GAFA) to establish this area as one of their key connectivity hubs for all the traffic into and out of the European region. Marseille is connected to MAREA, the highest capacity submarine cable to ever cross the Atlantic and will soon welcome the high-speed Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) cable called “Backbone” for broadband internet & network. This infrastructure provides a strong support to the development of business in the digital fields and connects Marseille easily with 2 billion people in the world.
As an international leader in contactless technology and connected objects, Provence is home to major global tech companies and renowned research and development centers like the French National RFID Center (CNRFID), the Secured Communicating Solutions competitiveness cluster, the Association for the Research on Components and Secured Integrated Systems (ARCSIS), and the George Charpak Center for Microelectronics in Provence. These proven industry leaders and innovation centers drive the digital economy and provide growth opportunities for small businesses and start-ups. There’s also an extensive network of tech incubators and accelerators to ensure new companies have the best possible chance of success. With such a dynamic ecosystem, it’s no surprise that the territory received official government certification under the French Tech program. The Henri FABRE project, Thecamp also testify to the dynamism of Marseille’s territory.