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Telecom Italia, Dolphin, Expand West African IP Backbone

June 17, 2014

Emmanuel Okwuke



TI Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, and Dolphin Telecom have announced a new partnership for the provision and the development of IP connectivity services in West Africa through Accra, Ghana.

TI Sparkle and Dolphin Telecom will provide cost effective, high quality and secure fully protected global Internet Protocol connectivity solutions to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and service providers that are connected to Accra through major international cable systems.

Through this fully protected IP hubbing node in Accra, customers will be able to access the world's most popular content hosted in Europe or in any of the multiple and dispersed point of presence of Sparkle Global IP transit backbone. In addition, customers will be able to exchange their intra-regional traffic locally, instantly improving performance by saving hundreds of milliseconds with respect to any other European IP hub.

Chief Executive Officer, TI Sparkle. Elisabetta Ripa, said: "Through the strategic relationship with a relevant player like Dolphin Telecom we are able to establish the first Tier 1 IP Gateway in West Africa and bring the Internet thousands of miles closer to customers in the Region with impressive improvement in terms of quality of experience and latency."

On his part, the Managing Director, Dolphin Telecom, Abdel Mageid Elzain, said: "Our partnership with TI Sparkle is a proof of our commitment in bridging the internet divide in west Africa and a response to the increasing local demand for high quality and protected IP connectivity solutions following the recent development of the IT segment in the region".


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Source: AllAfrica


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