Telecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma (left) at theNewTelco Frankfurt Data Centre being briefed by Eckart Zollner, Business Development Manager for Jasco Co-location Solutions, which is in a joint venture with German based co-location specialists NewTelco GmbH. The Telecom MD was accompanied by Amanda Hauuanga, Head of Marketing; Laban Hiwilepo, Head of Design, Engineering, Planning and Implementation (DEPI) and Heiko Trost, Chief Commercial Officer.
29 March 2013
Telecom Namibia has announced today that the installation of its own international points of presence (PoPs) in two European capitals, connected to the West African Cable System (Wacs) undersea cable, is making good progress.
That is according to Frans Ndoroma, Managing Director of Telecom Namibia, who says the PoPs in Frankfurt and London are expected to be up and running before the end of March this year.
Ndoroma was in Germany on his way from this year’s World Mobile Congress held in Barcelona to gain firsthand knowledge of progress made in installing the PoPs for the efficient and effective use of the much-vaunted WACS undersea cable to which Namibia is connected since last year.
The PoP service being rolled out follows the signing of an agreement between Telecom Namibia and a Jasco Group company, NewTelco SA, which is a joint venture with German based co-location specialists NewTelco GmbH, providing an interconnection hub in the sub-Saharan region with a neutral service, for global interconnectivity and reliable, high quality of service.
“We visited the sites in Frankfurt and London where we were shown the installation in progress. I was happy with the progress made. The actual completion is scheduled for the end March 2013,” he said.
“Due to our ability to deploy a number of teams in parallel across our global locations we are able to achieve short implementation times and are pleased with the progress made across the locations,” explains Eckart Zollner, business development manager for Jasco Co-location Solutions.
Telecom Namibia and NewTelco are also installing PoPs in Cape Town and Johannesburg to enable Telecom Namibia to offer its customers in South Africa and abroad direct connections to a number of existing and future undersea cable systems, including Wacs, Seacom, Eastern African Submarine Cable System, SAT3, the Africa Coast to Europe submarine cable and the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa submarine cable systems.
“These PoPs are an extension of our network in Germany and the UK; which means our customers will hop onto our network right in London and Frankfurt and need not be carried by third parties. These cities are the main hubs of international telecommunication traffic,” Ndoroma said.
While the infrastructure is being built, Telecom Namibia is making use of NewTelco’s existing infrastructure.
Zollner pointed out that the partnership with Telecom Namibia has been very positive for both sides. He said the PoP service allows Telecom Namibia to deploy its own network services at a very short lead time of four weeks across Europe at no capital expense.
“We look forward to growing the mutual benefits for both parties. As the network is completed we are able to bring a vast number of global carriers, content and solution providers to Telecom Namibia, thus giving access to a wide range and choice of products and services which Telecom Namibia in turn is able to offer to its customers and partners,” he said.
“By extending their network outside Namibia into Europe and the rest of Africa, Telecom Namibia has taken a leading role in Sub-Saharan Africa with the provisioning of connectivity and services across the region. This concept has been successfully implemented across Europe, Russia and Asia over the past few years and has contributed significantly to the rapid economic development of these regions. We feel that Telecom Namibia should be commended for this visionary approach and look forward to jointly play a continuous role towards improving affordable broadband penetration across Africa,” Zollner concluded.
The four PoPs formed the first phase of a larger solution and Telecom Namibia plans to establish additional PoPs and extend its national infrastructure in future phases.
Using NewTelco as a carrier neutral and vendor neutral service provider with global reach across 25 locations in 20 countries removes any requirements on capital expenditure on the part of Telecom Namibia as NewTelco offers solutions on the basis of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).