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Press Release -- May 11th, 2015
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle
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Telecom Italia Sparkle consolidates IP services leadership in the Middle East with new POP in Oman

Telecom Italia Sparkle partners with Omantel to expand its reach in the Middle East and support growing local demand of IP services by leveraging Omantel’s international network

Rome, May 11, 2015

TI Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group announces a new partnership with Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel).

Through this partnership the two parties will jointly develop IP infrastructure, supporting advanced IP, Ethernet and IPX solutions, and provide Tier 1 IP transit service in the region through a new point of presence in Muscat, Oman.

TI Sparkle and Omantel will provide new cost effective, high quality, secure and fully protected global IP connectivity solutions to ISPs and content players through a multi-leg architecture that leverages the key international submarine and terrestrial cable systems Omantel is operating in the region.

The fully protected IP hub in Oman increases TI Sparkle Tier 1 IP backbone capillarity to better connect customers in the Gulf and in South East Asia and provide them with a remarkable improvement in terms of performance and quality.

The partnership with Omantel, a natural gateway to the Middle East, will enhance TI Sparkle’s Tier 1 IP Transit service Seabone leading positioning in the region, especially in the Gulf market, as we are able to better address the high growth demand for sophisticated IP services expressed by local players, with a top quality and highly secure service proposition.” says Alessandro Talotta, CEO of TI Sparkle.

“We are very pleased and honored that an international Tier 1 carrier such as TI Sparkle have chosen to partner with us for the region.” says Sohail Qadir, Vice President Wholesale of Omantel. “This validates our strategy to become the hub of the Middle East where global content players and Tier 1 carriers can serve a challenging region from one location thanks to our international cable infrastructure together with our strong relationships with our operator customers in the region.” finalizes Mr. Qadir.

Seabone is TI Sparkle's global Tier 1 IP Transit service providing ISPs, Content Providers and Accelerators with top quality, best performing and most secure access to the Global Internet. Ranking among Top 10 global IP backbones. Seabone has a consolidated leading position in the Americas and in Europe, leveraging a unique presence in Mediterranean, Africa, Middle East and South East Asia.

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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 and through a global backbone of around 570.000 km of fiber, 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.

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

About Omantel

Omantel is the pioneer of total communications solutions in the Sultanate of Oman with the widest choice of state of the art services with the broadest network coverage. As the only truly national network in Oman, Omantel offer innovative end-to-end communication solutions serving home, mobile and business customers.

In the international wholesale arena, Omantel is considered one of the most prominent and competitive wholesale telecommunication providers in the Middle East region. In addition, it is one of the leading companies in the field of submarine cable networks and a key participant in several submarine cables, complemented by direct terrestrial links, which link Asia, Europe and America passing through the Middle East region to meet the international capacity requirements of customers locally and internationally, thereby sustaining the Company’s leading position among its competitors.

Omantel’s wholesale strategy is to be a carrier of carriers and to be the link between the East and the West for the region and beyond.

TI Sparkle Media Contact:

Filippo Sanpaolesi

TI Sparkle Communication

Tel + 39 0652745037

tisparkle.communication@telecomitalia.it

Omantel Media Contact:

Mohammed Al Salmi

Senior Manager Corporate Communications

Tel + 968 24244658

mohamed.salmi@omantel.om

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