Telecom Namibia has entered into an agreement with NewTelco South Africa, in partnership with Jasco Colocation Solutions, to establish four international Points of Presence (PoPs) connected to the WACS undersea cable, located in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt and London. The PoPs will be procured and built by NewTelco for exclusive use by Telecom Namibia, which is initially utilising NewTelco’s existing infrastructure until the dedicated PoPs are built, with a number of global carriers already connected into the service, according to a press release. The locations of the four PoPs mean that Telecom Namibia can offer its customers in South Africa or elsewhere direct connections to a number of existing and planned undersea cable systems such as WACS, SAT3, EASSy, SEACOM, ACE and BRICS. Eckart Zollner, business development manager for Jasco Colocation Solutions, said of the project: ‘In order to connect to global telecommunications providers, Telecom Namibia needed space in multiple data centres as well as a company to manage and maintain services… Not only will this assist with bringing down the cost of telecommunications, it will also provide cheaper internet connectivity as Namibia will no longer have to route data traffic through South Africa.’ Oiva Angula, senior manager of corporate communications at Telecom Namibia added: ‘Further phases, such as additional PoPs and the extension of our national infrastructure, will enable us to further extend services and access new technologies such as voice-over-IP and cloud services.’ As shown on TeleGeography’s SubmarineCableMap.com, Telecom Namibia is a part owner of the WACS cable, which it has connected to via its local landing station at Swakopmund, Namibia, since launch in May 2012. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Namibia will soon gain access to its second direct high speed submarine cable connection, via the France Telecom-led consortium Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) system which went live in 13 countries in December 2012, although Namibia is amongst seven countries waiting for commercial ACE services to be launched in a second phase. The ACE cable investors include Portugal Telecom, part-owner of Namibia’s leading mobile operator MTC.
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