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Press Release -- November 17th, 2015
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle

Telecom Italia Sparkle expands its Seabone Global IP Backbone reach in the Caucasus Region with a new PoP in Tbilisi, Georgia

The new PoP is launched in partnership with Silknet, Georgia’s main ISP, Turkey’s leading Network Provider Turkcell Superonline and Global Service Provider TI Sparkle

Tbilisi, November 17, 2015 – TI Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, announces the expansion of its Global IP Backbone with a new IP PoP in Tbilisi, Georgia. This strategic development is also in accordance with Georgia’s main ISP Silknet’s vision of improving broadband internet access in the region.

Located in a carrier neutral Data Center, this new point of presence will represent the first Tier-1 PoP in the Caucasus Region and will address the increasing demand of Tier-1 IP Transit service not only from underserved Caucasus and Caspian Regions but also from Middle East and Central Asia through Silknet’s and Turkcell Superonline’s fiber networks connecting the Tbilisi PoP to TI Sparkle’s IP Global backbone Seabone.

The Tbilisi PoP is the result of a trilateral partnership between Global Service Provider TI Sparkle, Georgia’s main ISP Silknet and Turkey’s leading Network Provider Turkcell Superonline.  Once launched, the new PoP will be interconnected to TI Sparkle’s Seabone Global IP backbone through Istanbul and Frankfurt via diversified terrestrial routes and it will transform Tbilisi into a regional telecommunications hub by ensuring full redundancy.

The new Tbilisi PoP will meet the demand from major ISPs, fixed and mobile operators, content and CDN players increasing TI Sparkle’s Global IP Backbone capillarity in East Europe. The Tbilisi PoP will further improve the performance of TI Sparkle’s Global IP Transit Service Seabone offered to ISPs, OTTs, Content and Service providers in the region, and at the same time will provide eyeballs with an overall higher Internet experience.

Seabone ranks among leading IP networks in Europe, #1 in Latin America and 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.


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.

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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­About Silknet

Silknet is the leading telecommunications service provider in Georgia offering wide range of enterprize, wholesale and residential telecommunications products including fixed broadband, content, and voice  services. With its 8,000 km Fiber Optic Network, Silknet has become largest startegic partner for all  local, regional and global playes of the region. Company’s customer-centric approach and high emphasis on delivering quality telecommunications services enebales Silknet to maintain trust and  remain frontranner on the regions telecommunications market.

About Turkcell

Turkcell is an integrated communication and technology services player in Turkey. Turkcell Group has approximately 68.1 million mobile subscribers in nine countries and over 1.4 million fixed subscribers in Turkey as of September 30, 2015. Turkcell was one of the first among the global operators to have implemented HSPA+. It has announced two new HSPA+ Technologies on its 3G network to meet rising data usage. Having successfully integrated 3C-HSDPA and DC-HSUPA Technologies, it became the first mobile operator in the world to enable peak speed of 63.3 Mbps downlink while also enabled an 11.5 Mbps uplink on a 3G network. Turkcell reaches all neighboring countries via its own fiber network which is approximately 34,500 km; realizing the vision of “Transforming the Silk Road into the Fiber Road”. It is the first telecom operator to offer households fiber broadband connection at speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps in Turkey. As of September 2015, Turkcell’s population coverage is at 99.81% in 2G and 94.14% in 3G. Turkcell Group reported a TRY3.4 billion (US$1.2 billion) revenue with total assets of TRY20.6 billion (US$6.8 billion) as of September 30, 2015. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey.



TI Sparkle Media Contact:

Filippo Sanpaolesi

TI Sparkle Communication

+39 06 52745037



Silknet Media Contact:

Sofia Chaava

Silknet PR

+995 577 042288


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