9 November 2017

South Africa: Huawei, Liquid Telecom Support Demand for Cloud Services

THE partnership sealed by Huawei and Liquid Telecom is set to offer additional capacity, faster speeds and greater redundancy to customers across South Africa. The partnership has been sealed at AfricaCom 2017 in Cape Town South Africa. Liquid Telecom, the leading pan-African telecoms group and subsidiary of Econet Global, has partnered with Huawei, the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to deliver 100G upgrades to its network in the Southern African country. The upgrade to 100G wavelengths will take advantage of the latest Wavelength-division multiplexing ( DWDM) technology from Huawei. The first phase of the project will see Liquid Telecom deploy Huawei's OptiX Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) Solution along 1 200km of its long-haul network connecting Johannesburg and Cape Town. The 100G link will support growing demand for cloud-based services and provide customers with high-speed access to Liquid Telecom's data centres in the two cities, which are currently undergoing major expansions to meet the needs of global cloud players and enterprise customers. In the second and third phase of the project, the DWDM core network will be extended to the north west then north east regions of South Africa, providing more enterprise and wholesale customers in South Africa with high bandwidth connectivity. In addition, the network upgrades will support Liquid Telecom's new CloudConnect for Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service, which enables customers to create private, predictable, high performance, connections between Azure data centres and infrastructure on their premises or in a colocation environment. Nic Rudnick, Group Chief Executive Officer at Liquid Telecom, said higher networks speeds and bandwidth will play an integral role in supporting the rise of the African cloud. "Through our partnership with Huawei, Liquid Telecom is ensuring that its network is ready to meet the increasing demand from businesses for cloud-based services," Rudnick. Li Peng, President of Huawei Southern Africa, said they were delighted to support Liquid Telecom with next-generation network technologies that were ready for the new cloud era. "The deployment of our OptiX OSN solution in South Africa further demonstrates our technology expertise and commitment to deliver innovative optical transmission solutions," he concluded. - CAJ News

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