Many global Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are now eyeing Sicily for its strategic location into Europe, Africa and beyond.

One Italian Internet Service Provider (ISP), Enter, recently expanded into the Sparkle Sicily Hub, which is a next-generation data center in Palermo. The new Palermo Point of Presence (PoP) provides access to the lowest latency paths from Africa to Europe, Asia and the Middle East by enabling direct interconnections to DE-CIX Palermo. Enter’s other European PoPs include Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris and Stockholm.

Enter is the first Italian ISP at this location. Its presence at Sicily Hub offers businesses and consumers enhanced access to enterprise-grade internet and network services such as Ethernet access, European transport, IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN), demux and MPLS services. Customers at this location can also access Enter Cloud Suite (ECS), which is the first European, OpenStack-based cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution.

The new PoP also expands Enter’s reach in Italy as well as into Africa, Asia and the Middle East. while also offering services to its neutral interconnection facility in Milan Caldera — a highly connected alternative to businesses looking to colcoate in Marseilles.

“Choosing to establish our newest PoP at Sicily Hub was an easy decision, as its location and service offerings are among the best available,” stated Milko Ilari, Head of International Business & Strategy at Enter. “We’re very excited about the new opportunities this venture will bring, including the ability for customers to access DE-CIX Palermo and multiple diverse submarine cable systems for world-class connectivity.”

Sparkle Sicily Hub is the top IP gravity center in the Mediterranean region, as its unique location is positioned closer to North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean than any other European peering point. It’s also connected to all cable landing stations in Sicily, for cost-effective and high-quality connectivity services for customers.

As Enter’s Milko Ilari stated, this new PoP also allows customers to interconnect with a carrier-neutral Internet Exchange, DE-CIX Palermo, delivering reduced IP Transit and network costs, and improved control over routing and IP traffic flow, plus access to a growing list of networks and in-demand content providers. In addition, increased network quality allows users to effectively deliver bandwidth-intensive content for an enhanced data experience.

To learn more about Enter’s new Sicily Hub PoP, email media@enter.iu. You can also request a meeting with Enter at booth #1452, in the East Tower (Purple level) during International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2017, taking place May 14 to 17 in Chicago.