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Press Release -- May 19th, 2017
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle

PTCL expands its reach to Europe through Sparkle Sicily Hub in Palermo

Presence in Sicily Hub will provide PTCL with enhanced connectivity to Europe and North Africa

Rome, Islamabad, May 16, 2017

Sparkle, the international service arm of TIM Group and among the top 10 global operators, announces that PTCL, the leading telecom operator and ICT service provider in Pakistan and Sparkle’s long term partner in the region, has  increased its reach to Europe, leveraging Sparkle’s open ecosystem and rich market place Sicily Hub in Palermo.

Through Sicily Hub, PTCL will be able to peer with world major content, media and CDN service providers already active in Sicily Hub which remains the closest European open ecosystem to the Mena Region and provides improved latency and overall network efficiency to operators seeking to expand in Europe. The increased quality will allow PTCL to effectively deliver on–demand as well as bandwidth-intensive content and provide its users with an enhanced data experience.

PTCL’s presence in Sicily Hub will also generate further efficiencies for PTCL in terms of improved control over routing and IP traffic flows. Moreover, Palermo represents a strategic presence for PTCL as it provides additional access to SEA-ME-WE 4 and IMEWE cable systems.

With its ever growing presence of multi-breed global players, Sicily Hub continues to grow by attracting new content and interconnections configuring itself as a rich marketplace where service providers, content and media players and system integrators have an opportunity to grow their business.


About Sparkle

Sparkle is the wholly owned subsidiary of TIM 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 PTCL

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is the largest telecom and ICT services provider in Pakistan. The Company’s cutting-edge technology and powerful array of telecom services, including Voice Telephony, Fixed and Wireless Broadband, Over-the-top Applications, Digital Television, Carrier & Wholesale, Satellite Services and Data Centers, serve the connectivity needs of over 24 million fixed, 3G enabled mobile and 4G enabled wireless consumers and businesses nationwide. PTCL supports both VoIP and TDM through Gateways and Soft switches. PTCL owns more than 45,000 Km optical fiber (OFC) network connecting more than 1200 cities/towns providing voice, data and video services through terabit capacity transmission bandwidth. PTCL is also member of SMW3, SMW4, IMEWE & AAE-1 Submarine Cable Systems.


For more information, please contact:


Filippo Sanpaolesi

Head of Communication




Omar Khalid

Executive Vice President Carrier & International Wholesale

PTCL Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan

T: +92 334 5688882

M: +92 333 5550137


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