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Press Release -- October 3rd, 2016
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle

Sparkle and LITC of Libya upgrade the Italy-Libya bilateral cable to 100 Gbps technology

The 570 Kilometers long cable owned by LITC and Sparkle connects Libya to Europe through Sicily

Rome, Tripoli, October 3, 2016

Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, and Libyan International Telecommunications Company LITC announce the enhancement to 100 Gbps technology of the bilateral cable connecting Libya to Europe via Sicily.

The upgrade is the result of an increasing demand of advanced services between Libya and Europe. The enhancement of the Italy-Libya cable system will support local Internet Service Providers in providing their eyeballs and the corporate segment with a better internet experience as well as a range of more advanced connectivity services.

This upgrade is the result of a longstanding and consolidated partnership between Sparkle and LITC. It also proves once again the vital role of Sicily as the natural and most efficient European hub for the Mediterranean, Africa and the Middle East”, says Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO at Sparkle.

LITC trusts that the upgrade of submarine system will play a major role to enhance the telecommunication services in Libya and deliver efficient bandwidth between Libya and Europe” said Dr. Mohmoud Alaujali, Chairman of LITC. “The recently growing demand for increased data in Libya requires high speed access. Consequently, the transition to 100 Gbps transmission technology provides huge bandwidth and network scalability and leads to support LITC in fulfilling wholesale customers bandwidth requirements”, concludes Alaujali.

Sparkle is the first operator to have introduced the 100 Gbps technology between Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2015 and this upgrade is another important milestone in support of the growing demand of advanced services between Europe and the Mediterranean.


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 560.000 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.

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About LITC

The Libyan International Telecommunications Company (LITC) is a subsidiary of the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Holding Company (LPTIC). It was founded in 2008 as the main international voice and data wholesale provider in Libya, to meet the high growth in the Libyan business environment, and to satisfy the increasing demand in international voice and data services in the Libyan telecom sector.


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