Sparkle Expands Network in Cartagena

Sparkle, the global operations division of Telecom Italia (TIM Group), announces the expansion of fiber optic network infrastructure in Cartagena, Colombia. The backbone network expansion in Colombia is carried out in collaboration with its global partners.

Sparkle and partners build a new Point of Presence (PoP) considering the fast-growing demand for high-speed, high-bandwidth services generated from Colombia. The new PoP will provide local and international network providers, ISPs, Content Players and OTTs with transport solutions up to 100 GB through Sparkle’s City2City service.

Map of Colombia with letters of SPARKLE In Cartagena, Sparkle interconnected the network with the two major submarine fiber-optic cables such as Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) and South Americal Cable system (SAm-1). By doing this, the provider will be able to ensure its customers with advanced connectivity solutions from Colombia and other Latin American countries up to the United States.

Sparkle’s terrestrial cables in Colombia and the submarine cables that lands there, along with the new generation Seabras-1 cable system will ensure complete redundancy to Sparkle’s customers in Colombia. Redundancy is an important parameter that customers demand in order to ensure uninterrupted services. With redundancy in place, even if one system goes out of order, another system can take over and ensure continuous service to the end-users.

Sparkle has plans to expand its PoP in Bogotá. Sparkle owns a backbone infrastructure of around 530,000 km of optical fiber spanning from Europe to Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Sparkle offers ICT solutions to Internet Service Providers, OTTs, Media and Content Players, Application Service Providers, Fixed and Mobile operators as well as Multinational Enterprises.

South America-1 or SAm-1 a submarine cable system connecting the United States and many Latin countries. Started around 19 years ago, SAm-1 has served customers in the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Guatemala. The owners of SAm decided to extend it to connect Ecuador and Colombia in 2007. Sam-1 has 4 optical fiber pairs and is designed to transmit 48 channels of 10Gbps each.

SAm-1 has landing stations in: Boca Raton, Florida (US), Isla Verde, (Puerto Rico), Fortaleza, Salvador, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, São Paulo, (Brazil), Las Toninas (Argentina), Valparaíso, Arica, (Chile), Lurín District, Máncora (Peru), Puerto San José, Puerto Barrios (Guatemala), Salinas (Ecuador), Barranquilla (Colombia)

Seabras-1 submarine fiber optic cable system spans around 10,500 km. Seabras-1 is the first direct link between São Paulo and New York. It has landing stations in Fortaleza. Seabras-1 cable system consists of 6 fiber pairs, with a design capacity of 72 Tbps.


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