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Sparkle announces that its advanced connectivity solutions on SEA-ME-WE 5 are available between Palermo, Marseille, Djibouti and Singapore, and that Palermo Sicily Hub is one of the three innovative options of direct landing into open telehouses, together with Marseille and Singapore.

SEA-ME-WE 5 is in fact the first cable in the Europe-to-Asia route to provide advanced connectivity solutions on a POP-to-POP basis from open telehouses in Europe - such as Sparkle Sicily Hub in Palermo- as well as in Marseille and Singapore, in a decisive effort to effectively address today's demand for flexible IP and capacity services, while facilitating network interconnection and improving performance with up to 20% latency reduction thanks to the cable straightforward routing architecture.

Sparkle's connectivity solutions on SEA-ME-WE 5 out of Palermo will be available through Sparkle's Next Generation Data Center and open ecosystem Sicily Hub, a rich service marketplace where customers can also peer directly with major content providers or publicly through DE-CIX and interconnect with all international cables landing in Sicily, thus facilitating effective restorations opportunities.

In addition, Sparkle provides backhauling to SEA-ME-WE 5 PoPs in Palermo, Marseille and Singapore as well as its top class global IP Transit service Seabone out of the three PoPs.

Solutions are based throughout the cable on a native 100 Gbps technology optimized for future upgrades to 200/400 Gbps. With a design capacity set at 24 Terabit per second on 3 fiber pairs deployed by a consortium of 19 carriers including Sparkle, the new cable system came into service last December 13th and provides lowest latency connectivity through 16 countries - Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, France and Italy - offering an additional network layer of diversity and resilience for the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route.

Sparklehad already been awarded both Network Administrator (NA) and Network Operation Center (NOC) responsibilities for SEA-ME-WE 5 last year as a recognition ofSparkle's affirmed competence and know-how in managing and operating submarine cable systems.

Both activities are performed in Sparkle's Core Landing Station in Catania, which is also a main landing point in Europe for SEA-ME-WE 5 - as well as for other major international cable systems.

With its role in the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium, Sparkle has secured its leadership in the fast growing Asia to Middle East and Europe route, enhancing its proposition with a diversified and low latency route to and from Asia. And with the recent opening of Sicily Hub in Palermo, Sparkle is further strengthening its role as leading European hub in the Mediterranean.