30 July 2007     

A new high speed system linking Europe to Africa

Telecom Italia Sparkle and Tunisie Telecom announce the start of operation of KELTRA-2, the new 10 Gbit/s system connecting Kelibia (Tunisia) and Trapani (Italy). KELTRA-2 is a state-of-the-art system, designed to complement SMW-4, providing a secure, highly reliable and top- performing infrastructure to/from Tunisia and neighbouring countries. Arturo Danesi, Head of Wholesale Marketing Department in TI Sparkle said: "KELTRA-2 can be the pillar of the cooperation between Tunisie Telecom and TI Sparkle, enabling both carriers to have a leading role in the Mediterranean basin".

This new submarine cable built by Alcatel-Lucent is a 2 x 10 Gbit/s unrepeatered DWDM system allows Tunisie Telecom & TI Sparkle customers to have a fully redundant connectivity between Europe and North Africa. "Kelibia-Trapani submarine cable (Keltra 2) will enable Tunisie Telecom to reinforce its position to provide best in class services and secured connectivity to its voice and data customers. In addition, Keltra 2 will enable us to develop further a regional platform whereby Tunisie Telecom could play a leading role in providing telecommunication services to North African countries" said Nabil Baccouche, Head of Wholesale & International Business Unit of Tunisie Telecom.

For further information, please contact
Gabriella Improta
Telecom Italia Sparkle
Marketing Wholesale Services- Marketing Communications
Email: gabriella.improta@telecomitalia.it