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.

Sparkle had already been awarded both Network Administrator (NA) and Network Operation Center (NOC) responsibilities for SEA-ME-WE 5 last year as a recognition of Sparkle'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.

Sparkle, the international service arm of Telecom Italia Group and among the top 10 global operators, and Vodafone announced a new agreement to directly connect their respective SMS messaging hubs to maximize the quality of service for end users of person to person (P2P) and application to person (A2P) messaging.

According to this agreement, Vodafone will offer P2P and A2P SMS termination towards all its Group subsidiaries, while Sparkle will provide termination towards TIM Italy, TIM Brazil, Telecom Personal Argentina for P2P SMS messaging as well as termination for A2P SMS services to all mobile operators directly connected to Sparkle.

"As Sparkle we are always committed to guaranteeing high quality SMS services, Mobile Operator Network protection and traffic monetization and we are glad to continue our successful collaboration with Vodafone, to enhance quality of mobile services towards all our end users," said Alessandro Talotta, Chairman & CEO, Sparkle.

Vodafone Carrier Services, Chief Executive Officer, Brian Fitzpatrick added: "Quality of service to customers is at the heart of everything we do and this new agreement with Sparkle will help to ensure a high quality experience in our messaging services."

Sparkle the international services arm of Telecom Italia Group and among top 10 global operators, announces that Seabone, its worldwide Tier-1 IP Transit Service and Backbone marks its 20th anniversary since the beginning of its operations in 1996.

In these twenty years, Seabone's incredible success worldwide has been built on ensuring continuous growth in coverage and capillarity in order to always provide top quality and reliability, and through a highly skilled dedicated team. Mostly, its success has been driven by the numerous customers that in these twenty years have contributed to Seabone's growth and top positioning in the global ranking.

To celebrate this anniversary Sparkle has launched the "Seabone's Happy 20th Birthday" campaign, a can't-be-missed promotion directed to all ISPs currently not Seabone's customers.

To take advantage of this unbeatable offer, new customers must sign the contract not later than January 10th, 2017.

Seabone today ranks #1 in Latin America and in the Middle East, and #7 globally.

Sparkle announces that it will provide GÉANT with a 2,5 Gbps circuit from Marseille (France) to Annaba (Algeria), boosting the existing connectivity currently dedicated to Algeria's scientists, academics and students community. Sparkle has historically provided network solutions for GÉANT since 2002 to reinforce connectivity among education and research centers located in different countries including India, Tunisia, Malta, Morocco, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece. Currently Sparkle also provides GÉANT with 5Gbps connectivity to Brazil.

CERIST (Research Centre on Scientific and Technical Information), the organization that manages Algeria's national Research & Education network, ARN, has been part of GÉANT's network since 2004. ARN currently interconnects over 800,000 users at 124 research and academic institutions across Algeria. Through its interconnection to GÉANT's pan-European network, ARN enables researchers, academics and students in Algeria to participate in world-class international research and educational activities in areas such as high-energy physics and earth observation.

Today Sparkle owns and operates one of the largest global and technologically advanced network of about 570.000 km of fiber. Sparkle's global backbone also leverages on an extensive ownership in the main international submarine cables connecting Europe with South-East Asia (e.g.: SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE 4, IMEWE and the upcoming SEA-ME-WE 5) as well as in consortia and bilateral submarine cables in the Mediterranean basin (e.g. to Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Israel, Turkey). Sparkle's open ecosystem and rich marketplace Sicily Hub in Palermo, located in the middle of the Mediterranean basin, reinforces Sparkle's strategic role in serving the growing capacity demand between Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Sicily Hub provides lowest latency to customers located in North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East than any other European peering point because of its geographical position and it is connected to all cable landing stations in Sicily.

In the Americas Sparkle manages a state-of the-art regional proprietary fiber optic network which is part of its global backbone and that connects Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela and USA with the rest of the world. Sparkle is also the main investor in Seabras-1, the only submarine cable system to directly connect Sao Paulo, Brazil, to New York, USA, that will go in full operation by 2017.

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