Telecom Italia Sparkle and TNS Announce Multi-Service IPX Interconnection

  Telecom Italia Sparkle and TNS Announce Multi-Service IPX Interconnection

Agreement signifies further step towards the creation of a global IPX peering

Business Wire

RESTON, Va. & ROME -- June 5, 2013

Transaction Network Services (TNS), a leading global provider of data
communications and interoperability solutions, and TI Sparkle (TIS), the
international service provider of Telecom Italia Group, announce the
implementation of a multi-service IPX peering connection. The new
interconnection will support the exchange of Mobile Signaling and GRX traffic
and also ensures end-to-end differentiated Class of Service.

The multi-service connection adds to the increasing number of IPX peering
operators while contributing to the growth of the IPX community worldwide.
Furthermore, the agreement allows TNS to benefit from TIS’ global reach and
extensive IPX coverage while TIS will expand its own footprint in North
America via TNS.

“The relationship with TNS represents an important step towards the adoption
of IPX as the standard for next-generation IP-based services” states
Elisabetta Ripa, TIS Chief Executive Officer, “Operators can easily access IP
services via a single, private and secure IP interconnection, voice and data
services in a ‘future-proof’ environment, helping them to expand their
business globally with the introduction of new advanced services”.

IPX offers a next-generation alternative to the internet that combines the
flexibility and efficiency of the IP world with the security and reliability
of traditional TDM networks. This is particularly significant for network
operators as they transition to an all-IP environment to capture efficiencies
and support new services such as; LTE Roaming, Voice over LTE, HD voice, IP
videoconferencing and IMS/RCS-based enhanced communication applications.

“TNS is thrilled to announce the new relationship with TIS, a recognized
innovator in global carrier services,” said Surendra Saboo, CEO of TNS’
Telecom Services Division.“Connecting our IPX networks is a significant step
toward TNS and TIS’ common objective of establishing a worldwide community of
interest for next generation roaming services including LTE, VoLTE, RCS, and
other value added services.

Together TNS and TIS share a belief in open standards and collaboration with
industry partners that advance the interests of mobile customers, namely
impeccable service quality, profitable growth and innovation. Through this
interconnection, TNS and TIS will be able to further achieve these goals and
enable the development of 4G technologies going forward.”

TI Sparkle is a leader and pioneer in the VOIP business, has been running a
full IP soft-switch, multi-service network with Global MPLS capabilities since
2004. As a co-founding member of the i3forum, TI Sparkle was one of the first
international carriers to migrate its bilateral voice traffic to IP
successfully, and one of the first service providers to offer an IPX solution
which is both compliant with the guidelines of the i3Forum as well as the GSMA
specifications to support existing and next generation IP- based services.

TNS provides network, database and next generation services to over 1100
telecommunications companies around the world, services to customers in 60
countries worldwide and can access virtually any SS7 legacy or IP network
around the globe.


About Telecom Italia Sparkle

Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle) is the wholly-owned Telecom Italia
Group (NYSE:TI) subsidiary with the mission to develop and consolidate the
Italian telco’s international services business. As a leading global carrier,
TI Sparkle offers a full range of voice, mobile data, IP and bandwidth
solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service providers, Media and
Content providers and to Multinational enterprises.

Find out more about Telecom Italia Sparkle at

About Transaction Network Services

TNS is a leading provider of data communications and interoperability

TNS offers enterprises and telecom operators a broad range of networks and
innovative value-added services which enable transactions and the exchange of
information in diverse industries such as retail, banking, payment processing,
telecommunications and the financial markets.

Founded in 1990 in the United States, TNS has grown steadily and now provides
services in over 60 countries across the America, Europe and the Asia Pacific
region, with our reach extending to many more. TNS has designed and
implemented multiple data networks which support a variety of widely accepted
communications protocols and are designed to be scalable and accessible by
multiple methods.


Fi Khan
T: +17038148065
TI Sparkle
T: +390652745037
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