GCX strengthens transatlantic deal with Sparkle

Created March 13, 2020
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Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) and Sparkle have extended their partnership by adding new spectrum capacity over the Flag Atlantic (FA-1) transatlantic system connecting Paris and London to New York.

Under the agreement, GCX will provide additional capacity on the current transatlantic connectivity, enabling Sparkle to offer faster and more reliable City2City services and Seabone IP Transit capabilities over one of the world’s fastest growing corridors.

“By partnering with GCX we have significantly enhanced our connectivity offer between Europe and the Americas,” said Daniele Mancuso, chief marketing solutions and business development officer at Sparkle. “GCX’s network gives us unparalleled access to secure and stable bandwidth.”

Rory Cole, CEO of GCX, said, “We remain fully committed to ensuring our customers and partners have access to an agile, resilient and expansive network. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Sparkle as their trusted bandwidth provider, enabling them to provide worldwide connectivity seamlessly and efficiently to their customers.”

GCX’s global private submarine network facilitates digital transformation with bandwidth services available to enterprises, OTTs, content providers and telecom carriers up to 100Gbps.

Sparkle has a proprietary backbone of around 530,000km of fibre spanning from Europe to Africa, the Americas and Asia. Last year, Sparkle – a subsidiary of Telecom Italia – extended its fibre links in both the Balkans and the Middle-East.

Sparkle and Telekom Slovenije of Slovenia launched a new cross border optical fibre link directly connecting Ljubljana, the captial of Slovenia, with Milan, northern Italy.

Sparkle also activated a new point of presence in Aqaba, Jordan, in cooperation with Naitel, an integrated Jordan-based operator with data centres and a nationwide network. Located by the Red Sea, Aqaba had the “potential to become a gravitational hub in the Middle Eastern region”, said Sparkle at the time.

For more information, visit www.globalcloudxchange.com

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This article was written
by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation