Sparkle, a subsidiary of TIM Group, and Ooredoo Global Services, the wholesale arm of Ooredoo, have announced that Ooredoo Tunisia has successfully expanded its reach into Sparkle SICILY HUB, providing the company with a new Point of Presence in Europe and offering an enhanced data experience for consumers and businesses.
The new launch is the latest in a series of initiatives that have resulted from Sparkle and Ooredoo Global Services’ strategic agreement, which was signed in April 2016.
Ooredoo Tunisia’s new multiservice Point of Presence in Palermo will be the company’s main point of presence in Europe, providing enhanced coverage and increased diversity options to support Ooredoo’s customers’ business growth in the region.
Consumers and businesses will enjoy an enhanced data experience as a result of the reduced latency and shorter traffic routes for ISPs exchanging content locally through Ooredoo Tunisia’s Point of Presence.
In addition, the new Sicily Hub Point of Presence broadens Ooredoo Tunisia’s international reach significantly by providing direct access to the 19 submarine cables ecosystem that lands in Sicily and that connects Europe to Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Once connectivity is finalized and operational, other operations within Ooredoo Group will also be able to access the new Point of Presence, enhancing network services for their customers.
“We are very happy of this new point of presence in Palermo’s Sicily Hub which operates as our main POP in Europe, improving our customers’ internet experience and providing us with direct access to new markets in many highly growing regions,” says Youssef El Masri, CEO, Ooredoo Tunisia, “while the local highly skilled professional and technical support has helped us get online quickly and with little effort on our side.”
Khalid Abdulla Al Mansouri, Acting CEO, Ooredoo Global Services, said: “Ooredoo Global Services continues to enhance its international network to better support voice, capacity and roaming traffic by leveraging its global partnerships. The launch of a new European Point of Presence for Ooredoo Tunisia is an important step forward and highlights the strength of our strategic relationship with Sparkle, which offers world-class infrastructure and significant additional protection and diversity for our customers.”
“With an ever growing presence of multi-breed global players, our Next Generation Data Center and open ecosystem SICILY HUB continues to attract new eyeballs, content and interconnections to international infrastructure,” says Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO at Sparkle, “and has rapidly become a complete service marketplace where service providers, content and media players and system integrators have an opportunity to grow their own businesses,” concludes Talotta.
Located closer than any other European peering point to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East and offering up to 35ms reduced latency versus northern continental locations, Sparkle’s SICILY HUB is served by Seabone, Sparkle’s Tier 1- Global IP Transit service. In addition, due to the presence of DE-CIX’s IX platform and of major content providers, SICILY HUB enables carriers that land their IP backbones in Sicily to directly interconnect with each other and easily access global content with the best quality.
Sparkle is the wholly owned subsidiary of TIM Group with the mission to develop and consolidate the Italian telco’s international services business.
Ooredoo Global Services (OGS), Ooredoo’s wholesale arm, provides a world-class network that serves as a global exchange for voice, capacity and roaming traffic, offering wholesale and carrier customers one of the largest Internet peering networks in the Middle East and is interconnected with more than 100 operators, including many of the largest in the world.
Ooredoo Tunisia, a subsidiary of Ooredoo Group, has about 7 million subscribers. The telco also operates an extended national fiber network as well as its own submarine cable “Didon” connecting Tunisia to Europe with presence in major cities such as Paris, London, Palermo.