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Press Release -- September 6th, 2016
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle
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Sparkle and TIC partner to expand Seabone’s Global IP Network in Iran

Sparkle is the first Tier-1 international service provider to open a POP in Iran that through TIC will serve as a hub in the region and support the increasing domestic demand

Teheran and Rome, September 6, 2016

Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, and  Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran (TIC), announce today the signing of a partnership agreement for the expansion of Sparkle's Global IP Backbone Seabone in Iran with a new IP POP in Teheran.

Through this new Point of Presence that will be in operations by end of this year, TIC will be able to support the increasing demand of IP services coming not only from the local market but also from neighbouring countries, therefore positioning itself as a main IP Hub in the region.

With this new fully resilient IP platform, TIC will be able to accelerate further in the development of digital and value added services in Iran and will provide access to the Big Internet to national and international players with optimised performance and scalability through Sparkle’s Seabone Global Tier-1 IP transit backbone.

We are very pleased to be TIC's first international Tier-1 IP partner. This agreement  combines TIC’s expertise in domestic and regional markets with Sparkle’s proven know-how on Global IP transit service”, says Alessandro Talotta, Sparkle's Chairman and CEO.“Through this partnership with TIC we are able to provide high grades of reliability and guaranteed service level agreements to Service Providers of the region and improve the user experience of Iranian customers”, concludes Talotta.

"We look forward to quickly  implementing this partnership agreement," says Azari Jahromi, TIC's Chairman and CEO. "This is an important step in enhancing TIC's role as a regional player, and we are delighted to be a party to this promising venture." Azari Jahromi added.

Seabone is 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. (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, 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 37 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

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