Hong Kong-owned international carrier PCCW Global and Namibia’s Paratus Telecom (formerly Internet Technologies Namibia [including Wireless Technologies Namibia]) have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in Namibia and neighbouring Angola and Zambia. The move will also see Paratus Telecom’s Ethernet, voice and IP VPN coverage extended via PCCW Global’s MPLS/IPX network (covering over 3,000 cities in more than 130 countries), while Paratus also aims to benefit from PCCW Global’s direct ownership in the West African Cable System (WACS) undersea network, according to the Hong Kong firm’s press release.
Paratus Telecom has offices in Namibia, Angola and Zambia, and is now able to offer services to about 40 nations on the African continent via the new interconnect arrangement with PCCW Global. John D’Alton, Paratus Telecom’s managing director, said: ‘This collaboration is an important milestone in the development of our international business, especially for international data and voice services. It will extend coverage of our services beyond Namibia to the rest of the world and vice versa. This relationship further benefits the countries in which we operate, where international carrier products are already showing a trend of higher capacity at lower cost. We have also concluded a voice interconnection agreement, which now extends international coverage for our voice platform, thereby enhancing the power of our 083 national prefix number in Namibia.’ Paratus Telecom’s voice platform will soon be extended into Angola and Zambia, providing direct local access in these countries, the operator added.
James Welch, PCCW Global’s head of sales of EEMEA, added that the agreement provides additional routes whereby PCCW’s MPLS customers gain additional access resilience to Namibia, Angola and Zambia.