Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top global operators, has signed an agreement with Nigerian operator Ciudad, one of Africa’s fastest growing telecommunication companies, to provide high-speed international IP connectivity.
Operating as OneData Nigeria, Ciudad is an alternative Internet Service Provider with a market presence in six cities and the ambition to become one of the top ten broadband service providers in the country by 2025.
By locally connecting with Sparkle’s global IP Transit backbone Seabone - the first International Tier-1 backbone in Africa and among the top five worldwide - at its point of presence in Lagos, Ciudad gains low latency and high-speed access to the global Internet.
“Partnering with Sparkle enables us to get high-speed access to global and regional contents, and thus improve the navigation experience of our residential and enterprise customers raising the current speed by a whopping 900%”, said Kehinde Alphonso, Divisional Head wholesale and Enterprise business of Ciudad Infrastructure Limited.
“We are happy to contribute to the growth of the digital ecosystem in Nigeria providing the best-in-class IP transit service to local and regional players” said Leonardo Cerciello, VP Sales Africa & Asia region of Sparkle.
With a presence in Lagos since 2019 and a plan to extend coverage in the country and in the Africa continent, Sparkle sets itself as the reference partner for network service providers, Enterprises, ISPs, OTT’s, Content and Application Providers seeking for low latency and top performing connectivity.
Sparkle is TIM Group’s fully owned Global Operator, first international service provider in Italy and among the top worldwide, with a proprietary backbone of more than 600,000 km of fiber spanning from Europe to Africa, the Americas and Asia. Leveraging its global IP, Data, Cloud, Data Center, Mobile Data and Voice Platforms, Sparkle offers a full range of ICT solutions to Enterprises, Internet Service Providers, OTTs, Media and Content Players, Application Service Providers as well as Fixed and Mobile operators. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 32 countries.
Rome / Lagos, 5 April 2022