Telecom Italia Sparkle has announced the opening of two new IP points of presence (PoPs) in Atlanta and Dallas. An additional PoP in Los Angeles will be lit within the next month. Telecom Italia Sparkle is consolidating its presence in the US market as part of the expansion plans of Seabone, its global internet backbone. The new PoPs will give local and regional ISPs, content providers and aggregators a wider choice of access to Seabone and its value added services while improving Sparkle capability to get the traffic, for its worldwide customers, closer to its native source. ‘Our expansion in USA is the natural evolution that follows the dramatic growth of our successful Seabone network. As a top player, today, within the global IP backbones league, Sparkle needed a larger footprint and a scaled up infrastructure to support its highly performing connectivity offer. The significant investment involved also confirms the commitment and the focus the Company dedicates to the North American market’ said Stefano Mazzitelli, CEO of Telecom Italia Sparkle.
With the forthcoming lanch of the new PoP in Los Angeles, Seabone will circle the US from East to West, integrating a presence that currently relies on IP PoPs in New York, Newark, Ashburn, Miami, Chicago and Palo Alto. Moreover the Los Angeles PoP is of strategic importance as it will represent the East-bound landing point of the new IP PoP in Singapore – that will be launched in 4Q 2007 – interconnecting the European and Asian portions of the backbone.