04 June 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Sparkle has expanded its US network to a data centre on the US/Mexican border.
The new point of presence (PoP) is at McAllen, Texas, at the
McAllen Data Center (MDC), on Sparkle’s Seabone IP
transit service. MDC is about 10km (six miles) north of the Rio
Grande, which marks the US border with Mexico.
Sparkle, the international services arm of TIM, said the new
PoP "improves even further the performance of
Sparkle’s global IP transit service offered to
OTTs, ISPs, content and application providers located in
central America with lower latency and improved traffic routing
TIM added that MDC "has been successful in creating a strategic
interconnection hub for networks and content providers along
the US border with Mexico, where it has the
world’s largest concentration of Mexican
networks". MDC also has data centres on the US/Mexican border
in El Paso, New Mexico, and Laredo, Texas.
Sparkle said that other services it will provide at the McAllen
PoP include "DDoS attack mitigation services, which grant
customers the option to self-protect their network, and virtual
NAP solution, which lets customers access the main internet
exchange points without the need to build any