Leading International Companies will work to Develop New Telecommunication Services and Share Knowledge
Rome, Italy and Doha, Qatar, 12 April 2016
Ooredoo Global Services (OGS), the wholesale arm of Ooredoo and Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia Group and a leading global operator, announce 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.
About Ooredoo Global Services
Ooredoo Global Services (OGS), Ooredoo’s wholesale arm, provides a world-class network that serves as a global exchange for voice, capacity and roaming traffic. It offers wholesale and carrier customers one of the largest Internet peering networks in the Middle East and is interconnected with more than 100 operators, including many of the largest in the world. Ooredoo continues to forge new partnerships with regional and global leaders to provide a higher level of service and better experience for all our customers.
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.
The company reported revenues of USD 8.8 billion in 2015 and had a consolidated global customer base of 117 million customers as of 31 December 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
About Telecom Italia Sparkle
Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle) is the wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Group (NYSE:TI) with the mission to develop and consolidate the Italian telco’s international services business. As a leading global carrier and through a global backbone of around 570.000 km of fibre, TI Sparkle offers a full range of IP, Data, Cloud, Data Center, Mobile Data and Voice solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service providers, Media and Content providers and to Multinational enterprises. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 37 countries.
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