Sparkle Expands Reach in Colombia with a New PoP in Bogota


Telecom Italia’s global operations wing, SPARKLE had expanded its fiber optic networks in Bogota, Colombia. The new PoP provides high-speed internet connectivity and confirms Sparkle as one of the main providers in the Americas and first global Tier-1 backbone in Latam.

Sparkle is the first international service provider in Italy and is one of the top ten global operators. Sparkle has operations in Latin American countries and the expansion of its reach in Colombia with the opening of a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Bogota as part of its strategy to support its customers in Colombia.

Located at Equinix Data Center, the new PoP in Bogota adds to the existing one in Cartagena, strengthening the performance of Sparkle’s global Tier-1 IP transit service Seabone and providing high-speed Internet connectivity to the local market as well as to international OTT’s, ISPs, Content, and Application Providers.

DDoS Attack service – which grants Seabone customers the option to protect their network – and Virtual NAP solution – which allows customers to access the main Internet Exchange Points without the need of building any proprietary infrastructure – complete Sparkle’s portfolio of services offered via the Bogotá PoP.

It was in January this year the Sparkle and partners completed building a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Cartagena. The PoP in Cartagena provides local and international network providers, ISPs, Content Players and OTTs with transport solutions up to 100 GB through Sparkle’s City2City service.

Sparkle’s interconnection of local networks with the two major submarine fiber-optic cables such as Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) and South Americal Cable system (SAm-1) in Cartagena ensures its customers with advanced connectivity solutions from Colombia and other Latin American countries up to the United States.

Now Sparkle has one more PoP in Colombia, that is in Bogota. The new PoPs in Cartagena and Bogotá confirm Sparkle’s positioning as one of the main providers in the Americas and as first global Tier-1 backbone in Latam.

Bogota formerly known as Santa Fe, is the capital and largest city of Colombia. It is the political, economic, administrative, industrial, artistic, cultural, and sports center of the country. The city is located in the center of Colombia, It is the third-highest capital in South America and in the world after Quito and La Paz, at an average of 2,640meterss above sea level.

The city’s airport, El Dorado International Airport, handles the largest cargo volume in Latin America and is the third in terms of the number of people. Bogota is home to the largest number of universities and research centers in the country, and is an important cultural center, with many theaters, libraries, and museums. Bogotá ranks 52nd on the Global Cities Index 2014 and is considered a global city type “Alpha −” by GaWC. Sparkle’s PoP will help the growing telecommunication needs in the city by connecting it with the rest of the world through high-speed fiber optic cables.

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 36 countries.

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