Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top ten global operators, announces the expansion of its African backbone in the Nigerian market with a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Lagos, Nigeria.
Located at Medallion, the largest carrier-neutral data center in the country, the Lagos PoP is fully interconnected with Sparkle’s global Tier-1 IP transit service Seabone, providing high-speed Internet connectivity to local and international OTT’s, ISPs, Content, and Application Providers to support the uptake of Social Media, eCommerce, Online Music, Games and Videos in the Country.
DDoS service – which grants Seabone customers the option to protect their network from attacks – and the Virtual NAP solution – that allows customers to access the main Internet Exchange Points without the need to build any proprietary infrastructure – complete Sparkle’s portfolio of services offered via the Lagos PoP.
The PoP in Nigeria adds to the existing points of presence in Egypt, Tunisia, Tanzania, and Djibouti extending Sparkle’s IP backbone in the region and consolidating the company’s positioning as leading provider and first Tier-1 backbone in Africa.
Commenting on the news, Mario Di Mauro, CEO of Sparkle, said: “With this new opening, Sparkle ends the year with more than 160 globally-distributed PoPs, eighteen of which launched only in 2019: a confirmation of the fast pace that Sparkle has given to its relaunch journey.”
Sparkle is TIM Group’s fully owned Global Operator, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top ten worldwide, with a proprietary backbone of around 530,000 km of fiber spanning from Europe to Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Leveraging its global IP, Data, Cloud, Data Center, Mobile Data and Voice Platforms, Sparkle offers a full range of ICT solutions to Internet Service Providers, OTTs, Media and Content Players, Application Service Providers, Fixed and Mobile operators as well as Multinational Enterprises. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 33 countries.