Sparkle and the Panamanian telecommunications company Trans Ocean Network have signed an agreement to form a strategic joint venture in Panama for the construction of a neutral landing and connectivity station that aims to become a digital hub for all of Central America, the Andean region, and the The Caribbean.
Panama Digital Gateway will be a next-generation open hub equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and infrastructure to meet all customer needs. Located in Panama City, the new building will offer 3,200 square metres of colocation space for more than 600 racks and 5 MW of power and will feature the latest security technologies with an estimated Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.4.
The hub will be integrated with Sparkle’s global backbone – a fibre network that extends more than 600,000 km across Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia – and will be a landing point for submarine cables in search of a diversified entry into Central America, thus strengthening Panama’s role as a strategic hub between North and South America.
OTTs, carriers, businesses, and financial institutions that establish a presence in the new hub will be able to benefit from Sparkle’s global connectivity services – including the Seabone Tier-1 global IP transit service and capacity solutions – and access other regional networks. Direct access to submarine cables, which are true information superhighways where internet and telecommunications services travel at the speed of light, offers an advantage in terms of performance and resilience by enabling the use of real-time digital services.