18 June 2006     

Batelco and Telecom Italia Sparkle Sign Partnership Agreement

Batelco and Telecom Italia Sparkle, the international division of Telecom Italia, have signed a bilateral agreement to provide a range of data communication services to its MNC (Multi National Companies) customers and enhance the geographical reach of both parties.
Thanks to this key partnership, Telecom Italia Sparkle will increase its international reach in the Gulf Region by leveraging Batelco strategic hub position in the Area while Batelco will enrich its service coverage by leveraging Telecom Italia Sparkle primarily position in Europe and South America.
This deal was signed by Batelco Chief Executive Peter Kaliaropoulos and Telecom Italia Sparkle Vice President Umberto Tucci at a ceremony held on 14th June in Manama, Bahrain.
"Meeting customer requirements through strategic partnerships with a leading international provider such as Telecom Italia Sparkle, is aligned with our overall strategy and aimed at giving our customers what they want and moreover exceeding their expectations ", said Mr. Kaliaropoulos.
"We are delighted to be working alongside Bahrain's leading telecommunications company, Batelco, to mutually serve our Corporate Customers with the highest quality data communications services and reliable experience in managing customer network solutions " said Telecom Italia Sparkle Vice President Umberto Tucci.
TI Sparkle and Batelco joint service offering leveraging on a global MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) network, will provide their mutual customers with top level services to meet advanced networking requirements - including voice, video conferencing, real-time applications and other data services - and will ensure best in class network quality and customer care.

About Telecom Italia Sparkle
Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. is the new reality in the international telecommunications world created from the spin-off of the International Wholesale Services Department of Telecom Italia - Domestic Wireline.
Telecom Italia Sparkle is 100% owned by the Telecom Italia Group, a leading Group in the ICT world. TI Sparkle means networks, technological platforms and a worldwide commercial presence for the provision of best cost, best performance services to the main players in the international telecommunication world: fixed and mobile operators, ISPs, and, in synergy with Telecom Italia, multinational companies.

About Batelco
Batelco (Bahrain Telecommunications Company) is the Kingdom's leading provider of national and international telecommunications services, internet and broadband products & services and networked IT services.
In Bahrain, Batelco serves more than 600,000 business and residential customers while the company's Joint Ventures in Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt serve the needs of an increasing body of customers in the MENA region.