Q&A: Alessandro Talotta, CEO, TI Sparkle

01 March 2016 |

In January, Telecom Italia Sparkle became one of the first carriers to partner with the Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran (TIC) since international sanctions were lifted on the country earlier this year. The memorandum of understanding between the two operators will see TI Sparkle expand its IP backbone to Iran, as well as establish a PoP in the country. Alessandro Talotta, CEO at TI Sparkle shares his thoughts on the move.

What potential does TI Sparkle see for the Iranian market? 

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Iran is a market with high growth potential due to its young population and fast increasing internet and mobile penetration. With the recent MoU signed by Sparkle with Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran (TIC), the two companies will cooperate to promote and accelerate the development of digital value added services in the region leveraging on mutual know-how of local, regional and international markets.

What are some of the new transit presented by the Iranian telecoms market opening up?

With this agreement the two companies will provide national and international players access to the Big Internet with optimised performance and scalability through TI Sparkle’s Seabone Global Tier-1 IP transit backbone. For domestic customers the main benefit is the possibility  to buy locally IP Transit services with carrier grade solution and performance. Moreover, Iranian customers will benefit from low latency and real time applications to gather contents in locations very close to the end users.

At the same time, the new POP will allow our customers to reach the Region with higher quality and top user experience.

Do you expect to see interest heighten in Iran’s telecoms market in the coming year?

Iran is a dynamic market with very strong growth potential; furthermore the country plays an important role in the region. The agreement demonstrates the quality of the business relationship Sparkle has with TIC, an important strategic partner in the region, and we hope this MoU is only is only a first step of a wider collaboration in the near future.