DE-CIX to establish neutral Internet exchange at key landing site for Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East Internet traffic at TI Sparkle’s latest Next Generation Data Center in Palermo
Rome, Frankfurt/Germany – March 30, 2015 – TI Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, is announcing a new partnership with the world’s leading Internet exchange provider, DE-CIX, who will establish an Internet exchange (IX) in “Sicily Hub,” TI Sparkle’s latest Next Generation Data Center in Palermo.
DE-CIX provides premium IX services to all kinds of networks and operates numerous carrier-neutral and data center-neutral Internet exchanges around the world, including its flagship exchange, DE-CIX Frankfurt. The new exchange will be based on DE-CIX’s leading APOLLON platform, which provides unmatched scalability and performance.
DE-CIX’s new exchange at Sicily Hub was designed to allow carriers that land their IP backbones in Sicily to directly interconnect with each other and to other providers that have a presence in the facility. These other providers include some of the world’s most well-known and largest content players.
The new TI Sparkle facility is located closer to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East than any other European peering point. It is also connected to all cable landing stations in Sicily and served by the TI Sparkle tier 1-grade IP Transit service, Seabone.
In addition, Sicily Hub’s open and resilient configuration supports carriers and ISPs that want to enhance the redundancy of their networks, while enjoying a rich ecosystem and market place of multi-breed interconnected players.
“Our partnership with DE-CIX and their new IX node in our Sicily Hub is the most important milestone in the creation of a massive IP gravitational center in the middle of the Mediterranean,” says Alessandro Talotta, TI Sparkle CEO. “We will be able to better serve ISPs in the area, including Africa and the Middle East, by bringing worldwide content directly to their doorsteps. The presence of DE-CIX’s leading global carrier-neutral Internet exchange as well as the most relevant global content providers that deliver media, gaming, e-commerce, social networks and video platforms, make Sicily Hub the best location for top-quality and cost-efficient public and private peering in the region.”
”There is an intense need in the region to bring content closer to the end users,” confirms Harald A. Summa, DE-CIX President. “The powerful combination of Sicily Hub and DE-CIX’s APOLLON platform will support Internet growth in this region so that end users will have a better Internet experience, better security and a lower risk of network outages.”
TI Sparkle’ Sicily Hub has been designed with the most advanced technologies and follows the most restrictive technical parameters typical of Telecom Italia Group’s Next Generation Data Centers.
This partnership between TI Sparkle and DE-CIX represents a first step towards a wider collaboration that will extend to other locations in the Mediterranean.
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 IP, Data, Mobile Data and Voice solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service providers, Media and Content providers and to Multinational enterprises. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 39 countries.
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DE-CIX is provider of premium Internet exchange (IX) services and operates several carrier-neutral and independent Internet exchanges internationally, including DE-CIX Frankfurt, Germany; DE-CIX New York, USA; and UAE-IX in Dubai, UAE. With 3.8+ Terabits per second of peak traffic, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world’s leading Internet exchange. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX has established an environment for the bilateral settlement-free exchange of Internet traffic, called peering. The company is serving 600+ carriers, ISPs and content networks from 60+ countries including all leading international players. In addition to Frankfurt, New York and Dubai, DE-CIX operates Internet exchange points in Hamburg and Munich. DE-CIX is your one-stop-shop for Peering, Interconnections and additional IX services.
For more information, please go to www.de-cix.net
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