With its four prizes for “Best Middle East Africa Project”, “Best Americas Project”, “Best Data Centre” and “Best 5G Deployment”, Sparkle received the highest number of awards at the telecoms’ largest global industry celebration
Rome, 26 October 2020
Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top ten global operators, received the “Best Middle East Africa Project”, “Best Americas Project”, “Best Data Centre” and “Best 5G Deployment” prizes at the Global Carrier Awards (GCAs) virtual ceremony within the Capacity Europe 2020 event to celebrate the achievements of the wholesale telecoms industry in the past year. Four is the highest number of awards given to a single company in this year’s edition of the ceremony and an all-time record for Sparkle.
Winners have been selected by an eminent panel of more than twenty judges from top global research and consultancy firms, trade media and industry associations.
With the “Best Middle East Africa Project” the jury awarded Sparkle for its Point of Presence in Aqaba, a new gravitational hub in the Middle East region and a strategic corridor between Jordan, its neighbouring countries and Europe.
The “Best Americas Project” prize recognised Sparkle’s recent addition of Curie to its routes in the Pacific as a milestone and crucial project to powering the digital age in Latin America. “The speed to market, especially during Covid-19 times, makes this an example of the talent that exists in this part of the world” the jury explained.
The “Best Data Centre” acknowledged the company’s ongoing global expansion with the deployment of a new data center in Athens, Greece. The construction, called Metamorfosis II, whose completion and entry into service is scheduled for early 2021, will provide the country with one of the largest and most advanced "green" data centers in Europe.
Finally, with the “Best 5G Deployment” win for the establishment of a 5G data roaming interconnection between Etisalat in the UAE and TIM in Italy, the first between Europe and the Middle East, Sparkle showed its pioneering role in 5G data roaming, being an excellent partner to the industry and coming through as a real example of a high level of 5G innovation.
Commenting on this success, Elisabetta Romano, CEO of Sparkle, said: “We are honoured to receive these prestigious awards that recognize Sparkle’s focus and commitment in strategic geographical areas such as the Mediterranean region, the Middle East and the Americas through the deployment of large-scale infrastructural projects, next-generation data centers and innovative technologies. It is also a strong encouragement to pursue our work and give our contribution to shape the future of the international telecommunications industry”.
At their 16th edition, GCAs are the telecoms’ largest global industry celebration that acknowledges innovation, vision and excellence across the global wholesale industry. This year’s recognitions follow those achieved by Sparkle in 2019 for “Best European Project” and for “Best Social Media Campaign”.