Nibble, Sparkle's pan-Mediterranean terrestrial optical network, was awarded the “Project of the Year - Terrestrial” in London at the Global Carrier Awards 2021. The “Project of the Year – Terrestrial” award acknowledged Sparkle’s expansion in Europe and in the Mediterranean with the deployment of Nibble, an ultra-long-haul photonic backbone linking Sicily with the major Points of Presence and data centers in Europe.

Nibble Network
Nibble Network Map

 

Spanning 12,800km, Nibble today connects Sparkle's two major submarine landing stations in Sicily - Palermo and Catania - with Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Marseille, and Paris to the West and with Athens, Istanbul and Tel Aviv to the East, offering a redundant network architecture for seamless connectivity from the Mediterranean basin to Europe.

Nibble was announced by Sparkle in June 2019, built on a 6,500 km photonic backbone, connecting Sparkle's two major submarine cable landing stations in Sicily - Palermo and Catania - with Milan, Marseille, Frankfurt and Paris to the West and with Athens, Istanbul and Tel Aviv to the East. Later in June 2021, Nibble had an expansion of a further 6,300 km to northern Europe, interconnecting also London, Amsterdam and Brussels. Nibble reaches a total length of 12,800 km with a redundant network architecture for seamless connectivity from the Mediterranean basin to Europe.

The connectivity built on different fiber optic backbones ensures maximum reliability, high performance, low latency and the highest speeds available on the market, with scalable and guaranteed services up to 400G. The network is supervised 24/7 by Sparkle’s Global NOC providing an integrated view of infrastructure, network, services and customers.

Sparkle is also deploying the BlueMed subsea cable system, to be completed by 2022. BlueMed will also land in the Sicily Hub and cross the Tyrrhenian Sea connecting Sicily with Genoa up to Milan, with latency reduced by 50% compared to terrestrial cables. 

BlueMed will be part of Google's Blue cable system, the western branch of Blue-Raman, which is expected to be operational in 2024.

The Blue cable system will connect Italy, Greece and Israel; while the Raman cable system will land in Jordan, connecting Saudi Arabia, Oman and India, via  subsea route. The Blue and Raman cable systems will interconnect through terrestrial route between Jordan and Israel. The Blue-Raman system will create a new route from India to Europe via Italy, instead of France, and bypassing Egypt.