04 May 2006     

Telecom Italia Sparkle is now an Associate Member of the GSM Association

Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telecom Italia Group’s international carrier, announces that it has joined the GSM Association (GSMA). Mr Arturo Danesi, Senior Vice President Marketing, explains: "Telecom Italia Sparkle supports mobile operators to improve their competitiveness by providing leading services for signalling, GRX and global MMS interworking. It is an important objective of ours to strengthen our relationships with mobile operators in order to bring relevant innovations to the market together. Telecom Italia Sparkle has joined the GSMA as an Associate member in order to better understand our customers’ needs and further enhance our relationships with the global mobile industry. This membership is another evidence of Telecom Italia Sparkle’s strategy aiming to become the best-in-class partner for mobile carriers."

About Telecom Italia Sparkle
Telecom Italia Sparkle is a full service provider, offering a complete range of solutions spanning voice services, IP, bandwidth and managed data services for fixed-line and mobile operators, ISPs and, in synergy with Telecom Italia, for multinational corporations.
According to recent independent reports, Telecom Italia Sparkle is ranked Europe’s number 1 player in terms of voice service revenues, and among the top 5 carriers worldwide in terms of total voice traffic. The company is a Tier-1 IP & data service provider in Europe and Latin America, and a major player in selected extra-European markets. Telecom Italia Sparkle also offers know-how transfer and consulting services to carriers and institutional investors on a worldwide basis.

About GSM Association
The GSM Association is the global trade association representing more than 690 GSM mobile phone operators across 213 countries of the world. In addition, more than 160 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association’s initiatives as key partners. The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers. The association's members serve more than 1.7 billion customers - 80% of the world's mobile phone users.