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Press Release -- May 13th, 2015
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle

Saudi Telecom Company chooses TI Sparkle to Provision its First Multi 100 Gbps IP Transit Connectivity in the Middle East

Saudi Telecom responds to high digital content demand by activating 2×100 Gbps IP Ports at TI Sparkle’s Sicily Hub in Palermo

Chicago, May 13, 2015

TI Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group and Saudi Telecom announce the provisioning of the first 2×100 Gbps of IP Transit connectivity in the Middle East.

The 2×100 Gbps IP Transit Connectivity represents an unparalleled throughput capability and will effectively serve Saudi Telecom’s eyeballs in the Kingdom and the Region with best in class performance that empowers the largest IP gateway in the Middle East.

Saudi Telecom continues to play a leadership role in the telecoms sector and remains at the forefront of innovation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as in the Middle East Region, as demonstrated by its activation of 2×100 Gbps IP Ports in order to accommodate the accelerating demand for top quality IP services and digital content.

”As the largest telecommunications operator in the largest market within the Middle East, we must ensure best internet experience to our domestic and regional customers by always adopting latest connectivity technologies and improving performance”, says Dr. Humoud Alkussayer, Saudi Telecom’s Vice President for Wholesale. “The 100 Gbps connectivity solution is the first to be introduced within the Middle East. We are delighted to be collaborating with TI Sparkle in introducing this state-of-art technology to respond to an ever-growing demand for more sophisticated and innovative IP services which we are experiencing in our home market”.

With the introduction of the 100 Gbps technology to the Middle East and Africa and the recent creation of a massive IP gravitational center in the middle of the Mediterranean through our Sicily Hub, TI Sparkle is a pioneer in providing top quality and advanced cost efficient connectivity solutions to customers in the region who are experiencing a tremendous growth of advanced IP services and demand of digital contents in their home markets,”, says Alessandro Talotta, TI Sparkle CEO. “We are now able to better serve ISPs in the Middle East and Africa by bringing worldwide content directly to their doorsteps with cutting-edge connectivity technology.

TI Sparkle Sicily Hub in Palermo is located closer to the Middle East and Africa than any other European peering point. It is also connected to all cable landing stations in Sicily and it is served by the TI Sparkle top tier 1-grade IP Transit service.


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, Cloud, Data Center, 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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About STC

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is the premier provider of information and communications technology (ICT) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Its Saudi operations generated over SAR 46 billion in revenues in 2014. STC empowers more than 100 million consumers across the globe with customer-centric, cutting-edge solutions at the forefront of the knowledge economy. Today, STC comprises 16 local and international companies in 10 countries, with a fiber-optic cable network spanning 137,000 kilometers across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), where it is the top-ranked telecom operator, STC’s network covers more than 99% of populated areas, with a mobile network capacity of 28 million lines, 8.4 million landlines, and broadband capacity of 3.75 million.

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TI Sparkle Media Contact:                                                                   

Filippo Sanpaolesi

TI Sparkle Communication


STC Media Contact:

Abdulrahman Bahanshal

STC Marketing Communication, Wholesale


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