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East Africa eyes improved internet connectivity as Orange launches new IP, IPX services

By Timothy Sibasi, timothy.sibasi@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – Orange has opened two very large-capacity IP and IPX to benefit all East Africa member states in addition to its points of presence are in South Africa.

The facilities, which are located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, are operational from today and will enhance Internet and mobile connectivity in the region by offering faster connection speeds and improved reliability for wholesale customers.

IP and IPX Points of Presence are part of the technical infrastructure equipment necessary to enable local operators to access the Internet & mobile services through an interconnection point with long-distance networks.

Presentation on digital content and IP Transit Growth during the launch.

By offering access to an IP and IPX Point of Presence connection, Orange is providing wholesale customers, notably telecoms operators and ISPs across the region. The Orange new internet fibers have a wide range of advantages which include among others the following merits:

High Capacity Resiliency and High-availability: 3 routes with protected backbone network (including access to submarine cables SAT3 and EASSY/SMW5; ACE to be added soon) supported by Orange-owned international assets mprove QoS by providing delivery content closer to customers Optimize Mobile Services Improve roaming: avoids unnecessary traffic going back & forth to Europe by local processing.

Customer Benefits

The latter makes Orange the first operator capable of offering reliable, high quality, secure connections for the wholesale market around the continent of Africa to support the huge rise in IP and IPX traffic in this area. This fully redundant IP and IPX Points of Presence is a secure solution that will help facilitate the development of this region. Orange is now able to offer reliable, high-quality connections for African countries surrounding South Africa.

Orange already holds a strategic position in this field in Africa and the Middle East, thanks to its existing IP and IPX Points of Presences in Amman and Abidjan.

Following the launch of these two new IP and IPX Points of Presences in South Africa, Orange will now be able to fully address the market’s needs.

Orange also says it will offer a complete range of services to customers wishing to connect to the South African IP and IPX Points of Presences, including, notably, a range of high-end value added services.

“By connecting to this very large-capacity PoP, wholesale customers, regional operators and Internet Service Providers will benefit from cost-effective connections to a Tier 1 operator. Thanks to this Point of Presence that will bring content providers closer to Internet users, the customer experience is set to improve.” said Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, CEO, International Carriers, Orange.

With the opening of this new Points of Presences, Orange has now enhanced its position as a major Internet and mobile services connectivity enabler in South Africa, where capacity is constantly increasing.

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