MTC has successfully launched its own points of presence in Europe (PoP) following the live activation of the West Africa Cable System (Wacs) last April, the mobile operator said this week. The PoPs are located in Lisbon, Portugal and Cape Town, South Africa.
A PoP is an access point to the internet. It is a physical location that houses servers, routers, ATM switches and digital/analog call aggregators. It may be either part of the facilities of a telecommunications provider that the internet service providers (ISP) rents or a location separate from the telecommunications provider. A PoP is basically a network note where MTC can connect internet providers or customers.
"Since Wacs went live in April 2012, MTC immediately connected two PoPs in South Africa and Portugal. The PoP in Cape Town is also connected to two other undersea cables namely SAT 3 and S-A-F-E (South Africa Far East cable) for improved redundancy," said Tim Ekandjo, MTC chief human capital and corporate affairs officer
He said MTC is now gearing towards the completion of another PoP in London via the Wacs cable which is due to be completed in April.
This will give MTC additional connectivity to various multiple sea cables and is expected to drastically improve connectivity in the USA.