TI Sparkle , the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, and Dolphin Telecom have announced a new partnership for the provision and the development of IP connectivity services in West Africa through the newly established IP POP in Accra, Ghana.
‘TI Sparkle and Dolphin Telecom will provide cost effective, high quality and secure fully protected global IP connectivity solutions to TLC operators, ISPs and service providers that are connected to Accra through major international cable systems,’ a joint statement said.
It noted that through this fully protected IP hubbing node in Accra, customers will be able to access the world’s most popular content hosted in Europe or in any of the multiple and dispersed point of presence of Sparkle Global IP transit backbone.
In addition, customers will be able to exchange their intra-regional traffic locally, instantly improving performance by saving hundreds of milliseconds with respect to any other European IP hub.
‘Through the strategic relationship with a relevant player like Dolphin Telecom we are able to establish the first Tier 1 IP Gateway in West Africa and bring the Internet thousands of miles closer to customers in the Region with impressive improvement in terms of quality of experience and latency,’ says Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of TI Sparkle.
‘Our partnership with TI Sparkle is a proof of our commitment in bridging the internet divide in west Africa and a response to the increasing local demand for high quality and protected IP connectivity solutions following the recent development of the IT segment in the region’, says Abdel Mageid Elzain, Managing Director of Dolphin Telecom.
TI Sparkle’s Tier1 fully IPv6 enabled global IP Transit backbone is called Seabone, and that ranks among top 5 in Europe and #1 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.
Dolphin Telecom ( www.dolphintelecom.net ) is the second largest inventor in the ACE Consortium, owners of the ACE submarine cable, and TI Sparkle ( www.tisparkle.com ) 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.
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