02 February 2017     

Ooredoo Tunisia lands in Sparkle’s Sicily Hub in Palermo and Expands Reach across Europe

Ooredoo’s multiservice PoP will serve as main European point of presence significantly improving internet experience. Agreement with Ooredoo Global Services supports a range of network initiatives

Sparkle, the International Services arm of TIM Group, and Ooredoo Global Services, the wholesale arm of Ooredoo, have today announced that Ooredoo Tunisia, a subsidiary of Ooredoo Group has successfully expanded its reach into Sparkle Sicily Hub, providing the company with a new Point of Presence in Europe and offering an enhanced data experience for consumers and businesses.

The new launch is the latest in a series of initiatives that have resulted from Sparkle and Ooredoo Global Services’ strategic agreement, which was signed in April 2016.

Ooredoo Tunisia’s new multiservice Point of Presence in Palermo will be the company’s main point of presence in Europe, providing enhanced coverage and increased diversity options to support Ooredoo’s customers’ business growth in the region.

Consumers and businesses will enjoy an enhanced data experience as a result of the reduced latency and shorter traffic routes for ISPs exchanging content locally through Ooredoo Tunisia’s Point of Presence.

In addition, the new Sicily Hub Point of Presence broadens Ooredoo Tunisia’s international reach significantly by providing direct access to the 19 submarine cables ecosystem that lands in Sicily and that connects Europe to Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Once connectivity is finalized and operational, other operations within Ooredoo Group will also be able to access the new Point of Presence, enhancing network services for their customers.

“We are very happy of this new point of presence in Palermo’s Sicily Hub which operates as our main POP in Europe, improving our customers’ internet experience and providing us with direct access to new markets in many highly growing regions,” says Youssef El Masri, CEO of Ooredoo Tunisia, “while the local highly skilled professional and technical support has helped us get online quickly and with little effort on our side.”

Khalid Abdulla Al Mansouri, Acting CEO, Ooredoo Global Services, says: “Ooredoo Global Services continues to enhance its international network to better support voice, capacity and roaming traffic by leveraging its global partnerships. The launch of a new European Point of Presence for Ooredoo Tunisia is an important step forward and highlights the strength of our strategic relationship with Sparkle, which offers world-class infrastructure and significant additional protection and diversity for our customers.”

“With an ever growing presence of multi-breed global players, our Next Generation Data Center and open ecosystem Sicily Hub continues to attract new eyeballs, content and interconnections to international infrastructure,” says Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO at Sparkle, “and has rapidly become a complete service marketplace where service providers, content and media players and system integrators have an opportunity to grow their own businesses,” concludes Talotta.

Located closer than any other European peering point to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East and offering up to 35ms reduced latency versus northern continental locations, Sparkle’s Sicily Hub is served by Seabone, Sparkle’s Tier 1- Global IP Transit service. In addition, thanks to the presence of DE-CIX’s IX platform and of major content providers, Sicily Hub enables carriers that land their IP backbones in Sicily to directly interconnect with each other and easily access global content with the best quality.


About Ooredoo Global Services 
Ooredoo Global Services (OGS), Ooredoo’s wholesale arm, provides a world-class network that serves as a global exchange for voice, capacity and roaming traffic. It offers wholesale and carrier customers one of the largest Internet peering networks in the Middle East and is interconnected with more than 100 operators, including many of the largest in the world. Ooredoo continues to forge new partnerships with regional and global leaders to provide a higher level of service and better experience for all its customers.

About Ooredoo Tunisia
Ooredoo Tunisia, a subsidiary of Ooredoo Group, is a Telecom Operator leading the mobile market in Tunisia with more than 7M subscribers. In addition to mobile services, Ooredoo Tunisia offers a large portfolio of Telecom services for corporate customers such as fixed broadband, cloud solution and IT managed services including security and IP telephony. Ooredoo Tunisia is operating an extended national fiber network as well as its own submarine cable “Didon” connecting Tunisia to Europe where has set presence in major cities such as Paris, London, Palermo.
Ooredoo Tunisia is continuously working on getting closer to its international customers by enlarging its international presence and offering the best service quality by enhancing the resilience of its architecture.

About Ooredoo 
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.

The company reported revenues of USD 8.8 billion in 2015 and had a consolidated global customer base of 117 million customers as of 31 December 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

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