Telecom Italia Sparkle announced on Wednesday it has acquired a new fiber pair on Google's Curie submarine cable system connecting Chile to the US, to enhance its American backbone and boost its Pacific routes. Sparkle is the first international service provider in Italy. Sparkle's IP backbone (Seabone AS6762) is one of Tier 1 and the top ten Internet backbones worldwide.
The Curie cable system is the first private intercontinental cable invested and owned by Google, is also the first direct new generation US-Chile cable connecting Los Angeles to Valparaiso.
Sparkle’s new fiber pair on Curie will be fully integrated with Sparkle’s global backbone, increasing redundancy and offering a fourth diversified route to directly connect South and North America, complementing its 2017 addition of the Seabras-1 cable in the Atlantic.
In 2016, Sparkle had a long term investment of over USD 300 million to acquire three fiber pairs out of the total six pairs on Seabras-1, which directly connects Sao Paulo in Brazil to New York in the US with an initial design capacity of 72 Tbps. And Sparkle activated its Seabras-1 cable route in the end of 2017.
With these newest highways, Curie in the Pacific and Seabras-1 in the Atlantic, Sparkle offers the best performance in terms of latency and robustness through its pillar connectivity service City2City and its global Tier-1 IP transit service Seabone (AS6762).
With this latest investment Sparkle is even more able to cater to the huge data demand driven by new technologies, media platforms and cloud-based services, requiring omnipresent internet connectivity.
Sparkle’s expansion plans focused on the Pacific South American coast with a direct US-Chile route, as well as easy onward connectivity to the rest of the world, position Sparkle as the best-in-class choice for OTTs, ISPs, Enterprises, Content/Application Providers and Asian players.