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Sparkle Adds New Point of Presence in Nigeria

ROME -- Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top ten global operators, announces the expansion of its African backbone with a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Located at Medallion, the largest carrier-neutral data center in the Country, the Lagos PoP is fully interconnected with Sparkle’s global Tier-1 IP transit service Seabone, providing high-speed Internet connectivity to local and international OTT’s, ISPs, Content and Application Providers to support the uptake of Social Media, eCommerce, Online Music, Games and Videos in the Country.

DDoS service - which grants Seabone customers the option to protect their network from attacks – and the Virtual NAP solution - that allows customers to access the main Internet Exchange Points without the need to build any proprietary infrastructure - complete Sparkle’s portfolio of services offered via the Lagos PoP.

The PoP in Nigeria adds to the existing points of presence in Egypt, Tunisia, Tanzania and Djibouti extending Sparkle’s IP backbone in the region and consolidating the company’s positioning as leading provider and first Tier-1 backbone in Africa.

Commenting on the news, Mario Di Mauro, CEO of Sparkle, said: “With this new opening, Sparkle ends the year with more than 160 globally-distributed PoPs, eighteen of which launched only in 2019: a confirmation of the fast pace that Sparkle has given to its relaunch journey.”

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Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
Date: 08/20/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

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Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.

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