TIM's Sparkle Unveils New Software-Defined Ultra Long Haul Backbone Linking Sicily with Europe

TIM's Sparkle Unveils New Software-Defined Ultra Long Haul Backbone Linking Sicily with Europe Image Credit: Sparkle

Sparkle, TIM Group's fully owned Global Operator announced the construction of Nibble, its new ultra-long-haul photonic backbone linking Sicily with the major Points of Presence (PoPs) and datacenters in Europe.

Built upon new express fibers, Nibble will provide industry-leading speeds, low-latency, high-performance, scalable and guaranteed connectivity services between the most important European locations, meeting carriers and enterprises’ rapidly increasing network capacity requirements.

Featuring the breakthrough Infinera DWDM & Instant Network technologies, Nibble implements a “Software-Defined Bandwidth” solution, leveraging on the concept of Capacity License to disaggregate the underlying hardware installation from the capacity activation. Instant Network minimizes the time to market, reducing idle investments by activating software-defined capacity on preprovisioned optical links as customers demand for it, thus lowering business risk by shrinking the time between paying for capacity and delivering services.

The first link - planned to go live in summer 2019 - will connect Sparkle’s Sicily Hub in Palermo with Milan Caldera open datacenter; Nibble construction is planned to continue in several phases until the end of 2020 to fully deploy the entire Italian and European footprint and to integrate with the Mediterranean and Balkans networks.

Mario Di Mauro, CEO, Sparkle
The Gigabit Society is demanding faster and more sophisticated capacity services and with the Infinera Instant Network solution we can expand our geographical footprint and satisfy customers’ needs at light speed, investing only in the capacity we need to deploy, where and when we need it.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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