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Press Release -- June 9th, 2014
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle
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Telecom Italia Sparkle partners with Dolphin Telecom to expand its Global IP Backbone reach in West Africa with new POP in Accra, Ghana

New West African IP Gateway to provide protected and fast Tier 1 Internet connectivity in the region

Rome, Accra, June 9, 2014

TI Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, and Dolphin Telecom announce a new partnership for the provision and the development of IP connectivity services in West Africa through the newly established IP POP in Accra, Ghana.

TI Sparkle and Dolphin Telecom will provide cost effective, high quality and secure fully protected global IP connectivity solutions to TLC operators, ISPs and service providers that are connected to Accra through major international cable systems.

Through this fully protected IP hubbing node in Accra, customers will be able to access the world’s most popular content hosted in Europe or in any of the multiple and dispersed point of presence of Sparkle Global IP transit backbone. In addition, customers will be able to exchange their intra-regional traffic locally, instantly improving performance by saving hundreds of milliseconds with respect to any other European IP hub.

Through the strategic relationship with a relevant player like Dolphin Telecom we are able to establish the first Tier 1 IP Gateway in West Africa and bring the Internet thousands of miles closer to customers in the Region with impressive improvement in terms of quality of experience and latency ” says Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of TI Sparkle.

Our partnership with TI Sparkle is a proof of our commitment in bridging the internet divide in west Africa and a response to the increasing local demand for high quality and protected IP connectivity solutions following the recent development of the IT segment in the region”, says Abdel Mageid Elzain, Managing Director of Dolphin Telecom.

Seabone is TI Sparkle Tier1 fully IPv6 enabled global IP Transit backbone that ranks among top 5 in Europe and #1 in the Mediterranean. While consolidating its global role, Seabone is strengthening its regional positioning globally and especially in Africa and Asia where it has reached leading positions.

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About Dolphin Telecom

Established in 2013 in Dubai, UAE as a global communications carrier, a JV between Expresso Telecom Group and HT UAE specialized in wholesale Internet Bandwidth for Carriers, ISPs and Enterprise customers.

With extensive global network and strong reliability, Dolphin aim to be the driving force for the business community of West Africa.

Dolphin is a 2nd largest inventor in ACE Consortium, with mission to extend reliable global connectivity solutions to customers in Africa, Dolphin offers full right of landing in Dakar, Accra and Lagos covering 80% of West African market population.

For more information about Dolphin Telecom Services visit: www.dolphintelecom.net

About Telecom Italia Sparkle
Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle) is the wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Group (NYSE:TI) with the mission to develop and consolidate the Italian telco’s international services business.  As a leading global carrier, TI Sparkle offers a full range of voice, mobile data, Internet protocol (IP) and bandwidth solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service providers (ISPs), Media and Content providers and to Multinational enterprises. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 39 countries.

Find out more about Telecom Italia Sparkle at www.tisparkle.com

TI Sparkle Media Contact:

Filippo Sanpaolesi

TI Sparkle Communication

+390652745037

tisparkle.communication@telecomitalia.it

Dolphin Media Contact:

Francis Okoh

Dolphin Commercial Director

+233-289555767

francis@dolphintelecom.net

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