06 November 2007     

Telecom Italia Sparkle Enhances VOIP Services with Acme Packet

TI Sparkle expands international VoIP services portfolio with Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers and Acme Packet Connected Universe

Telecom Italia Sparkle (TI Sparkle has deployed Acme Packet Net-Net® session border controllers (SBCs) at its network's core borders in major cities in Italy, Germany and the U.S. TI Sparkle is working together with Italtel, a leader in next-generation network solutions, to enhance the existing network capabilities implementing trusted and secure VoIP interconnection with a maximized service reach

TI Sparkle's global network already spans Europe, the Mediterranean and North and South America. With the deployment in Milan and Palermo in Italy, Frankfurt in Germany and Newark, NJ, in the U.S of 13 high-availability Acme Packet Net-Net SBCs configurations TI Sparkle facilitates international VoIP interconnects with other service providers using SIP, H.323, and SIP-H.323 interworking.

Acme Packet's Net-SAFE® security architecture provides denial of service (DoS) attack protection, topology hiding and access control and helps ensure that TI Sparkle's network is secure and available to its international service provider peers. SLA assurance features such as call admission control and QoS reporting and marking enable TI Sparkle to meet its customers' expectations for high levels of voice quality. Acme Packet's extensive protocol support facilitates greater interoperability to extend TI Sparkle's service reach, reduce costs and speed time to deployment.

TI Sparkle has also joined Acme Packet Connected Universe as the first Constellation member located in Italy. As a Constellation member, TI Sparkle has access to Acme Packet's customer base seeking international services via direct VoIP interconnects.

"TI Sparkle's global customer community relies on our network to deliver massive voice calls in a secure and efficient way. We also plans to exploit the excellent business development opportunity that Acme Packet Connected Universe delivers," explained Arturo Danesi, exec. Vice President "Marketing Wholesale Services" from TI Sparkle. "The technical merits alone warrant the deployment of Acme Packet's SBCs in order to meet our present high standards for network security and service, and in the future, to support the deployment of multimedia session-based services." added Gianfranco Ciccarella, TI Sparkle exec Vice President "Network".

"TI Sparkle is expanding the capabilities of its international voice service portfolio with services that are faster to deploy and more secure than plain VoIP services," said Seamus Hourihan, vice president of marketing and product management at Acme Packet. "Acme Packet's Net-Net SBC solution delivers unparalleled protection while facilitating interconnection amongst different vendor equipment and protocols, enabling TI Sparkle to capitalize on new revenue opportunities and ensure a trusted, reliable VoIP platform.

For further information, please contact

Network: Alessandro Forcina
Marketing Communication: Gabriella Improta