Sparkle and Ooredoo Global Services sign strategic agreement

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Doha - MENA Herald: Ooredoo Global Services (OGS), the wholesale arm of Ooredoo and Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia Group and a leading global operator, announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for new telecommunication services and knowledge transfer.

The strategic agreement will see the two companies collaborate on a range of joint initiatives and services in the voice, data, cloud, multimedia and digital spaces.

Khalid Abdulla Al Mansouri, acting CEO, Ooredoo Global Services, said: “Ooredoo Global Services continues to expand its ecosystem of global partners and enhance its international network to better support voice, capacity and roaming traffic. We’re very pleased to be working with Sparkle, who bring world-class infrastructure and significant additional protection and diversity to our global network.”

Alessandro Talotta, Chairman and CEO of Sparkle, said: “We are very pleased we have signed this agreement with OGS and to be part of their strategy to introduce new international telecommunications services and to create synergies across the entire Ooredoo Group. This MoU strenghtens our relationship with OGS and supports Sparkle’s leading position in the Middle East.”

The agreement will enable OGS to leverage Sparkle’s state-of-the-art IP-MPLS backbone and the strategic positioning of Sicily as a hub for telecomunications services, particularly for Africa, Middle East and the Mediterranean basin. This will support OGS’ efforts to optimise its global network and promote Doha, capital of Qatar as a regional gateway for voice and data traffic.

OGS offers a single point of contact for global wholesale carriers across the Ooredoo footprint and offers one of the largest Internet peering networks in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

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