Sparkle picks Djibouti Data Center as its IP hub in Africa
12 July 2019 | Natalie Bannerman
Sparkle has moved its Djibouti point of presence (PoP) into the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) and using it as Sparkle’s IP hub for expansion to East and South Africa.
The Djibouti Data Center is the first Tier 3 carrier-neutral data centre in East Africa with direct access to all major international and regional cable systems connecting the European, Middle Eastern and Asian markets with Africa. These cables include SEA-ME-WE 5, AAE-1, SEA-ME-WE 3, Eassy, SEACOM and EIG. In addition, other upcoming cables like DARE and PEACE are also expected to land in the Djibouti Data Center.
The move will strengthen the performance of Sparkle’s Tier-1 IP transit service Seabone delivering cost effective, high quality and secure connectivity to local and international OTTs, ISPs, content and application providers. As well as Seabone, customers will benefit from Sparkle’s Ethernet Suite service to connect different international data environments with enhanced flexibility and transparency.
To complete the portfolio of Sparkle services offered via the Djibouti Data Center include, DDoS mitigation & cleaning solutions, which give Seabone customers the option to protect their network. Moreover, Virtual NAP solutions, which allow customers to access the main Internet Exchange Points without the need of building any proprietary infrastructure.
At the start of July, the company announced the construction of Nibble, its new ultra-long-haul photonic backbone that will digitally connect Sicily with the major points of presence (PoPs) and data centres in Europe.
Nibble will be built upon new express fibres and will provide industry-leading speeds, low-latency, high-performance, scalable and guaranteed connectivity services between the most important European locations, meeting carriers and enterprises’ rapidly increasing network capacity requirements.
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