SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium ties up TI Sparkle partnership

09 May 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Sparkle, the international services arm of TIM group, announces today that it has been awarded by the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium of both network administrator (NA) and network operation centre (NOC) responsibilities for the cable system.

The two responsibilities have been assigned to Sparkle as outcome of a tender process participated by several  consortium members, and the result represents an important recognition of Sparkle’s affirmed competence and know-how in managing and operating submarine cable systems.

Both activities will be performed in Sparkle’s core landing station in Catania, which is also a main landing point in Europe for SEA-ME-WE 5 - as well as for other major international cable systems.

With a design capacity set at 24Tbps on three fibre pairs deployed by a consortium of 19 carriers including Sparkle, the new cable system is due to come into service by the end of this year and will provide lowest latency connectivity through 16 countries - Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, France and Italy - offering an additional network layer of diversity and resilience for the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route.

Sparkle’s connectivity solutions out of Sicily - will be available to SEA-ME-WE 5  through Sparkle’s next Generation Data Center and open ecosystem located in Palermo -Sicily Hub - a rich service marketplace interconnected with all international cables landing in Sicily, where customers can also peer directly with content providers or publicly through DE-CIX.