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Press Release -- January 28th, 2016
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle
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TI Sparkle partners with TIC and adds Iran to its Global IP Network Seabone

TI Sparkle to open a new POP in Iran and will support the increasing demand of IP services in the Country

Rome, January 27, 2016

TI Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, announces today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran (TIC) for the expansion of its Global IP Backbone with a new IP POP in Iran.

Through the new Point of Presence TIC will be able to support the increasing demand of IP services coming from the local market and from neighbouring countries and accelerate in the development of digital and value added services in the Country.

This new IP platform will provide national and international players access to the Big Internet with optimised performance and scalability through TI Sparkle’s Seabone Global Tier-1 IP transit backbone.

We are very pleased of this partnership that combines TIC’s expertise in domestic and regional markets with TI Sparkle’s best in class Global IP transit service”, says Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO of TI Sparkle. “TI Sparkle’s Seabone provides high grades of reliability and guaranteed service level agreements to the large community of local Service Providers of the region and will improve the user experience of Iranian customers”, concludes Talotta.

TIC announces that "It’s our pleasure to have a partnership with TI Sparkle and it’s a good opportunity for us to have a close collaboration with TI Sparkle, as you are aware, TIC is engaged in providing domestic and international telecommunication services to their customers in Iran and to further improve the services to their customers who are seeking high capacity in international connectivity".

Seabone is TI Sparkle Tier1 Global IP Transit backbone that 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.

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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 Telecommunication Infrastructure Company (TIC)

Telecommunications Infrastructure Company is a state company providing the national and international communications infrastructure. As the governmental body of ICT Ministry, it creates, develops, manages, organizes, supervises, maintains and implements the main telecommunication network of the country and undertakes its infrastructural activities.

In other word, it is the main incumbent of the backbone of telecommunication network of the country including the implementation of the inter-city, the intra-city and the international switches, the development and the maintenance of the optical fiber cables as well as the application of the radio and the satellite systems.

Find out more about TIC at www.tic.ir

TI Sparkle Media Contact:

Filippo Sanpaolesi

TI Sparkle Communication

+390652745037

tisparkle.communication@tisparkle.com

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