SPARKLE STRENGTHENS ITS PRESENCE IN ASIA WITH THE OPENING OF TWO NEW POPs IN VIETNAM AND SINGAPORE
Sparkle, the international services division of the TIM Group and among the top ten global operators, has announced the expansion of its Global IP network in Asia with the opening of two new Points of Presence (PoP) in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and in Singapore.
The new PoPs support the growing demand for Internet traffic to and from Europe and consolidate Sparkle’s role as the main European gateway to the Asian market.
The PoP in Ho Chi Minh City is the first Sparkle PoP in Vietnam. Opened in partnership with CMC Telecom, one of the country's leading telecommunications operators, the new PoP will enable Sparkle to respond to the growing demand for local Internet traffic by providing advanced IP and ethernet transit services to ISPs and content providers. The PoP in Singapore, on the other hand, further strengthens Sparkle's presence in the most important Asian hub. Located in the Global Switch data center, a neutral internet exchange that is one of the most important in Asia, the new PoP is designed to serve the local and global IP market, offering IP transit services, DDOS Mitigation and high performance Virtual NAP to Over -The-Top (OTT) and content providers.
Thanks to the fact that Global Switch has access to all the submarine cable systems that reach Singapore - including SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE-4 and SEA-ME-WE-5, of which Sparkle is a member – the new PoP in Singapore will provide low-latency connectivity solutions on the "submarine silk road" linking Asia with Europe. In particular, access to the new generation SEA-ME-WE 5 cable, which extends natively to Sparkle’s Sicily Hub, consolidates it as the main European gateway to the Asian market.
Connected with Seabone, Sparkle's global Tier-1 Transit Service, the new PoPs in Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore mark a further expansion of Sparkle's network in Asia, which already includes points of presence in Singapore (at the Equinix data center), Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. It confirms Sparkle's commitment to expand the Asian backbone to support the growing demand for Internet traffic to and from Europe.