Metro fibre provider Link Africa and carrier neutral data centre solutions provider New Telco SA have partnered on Link Africa’s Midrand fibre network rollout, which will form part of Link Africa’s core metro ring around Gauteng.
Link Africa will be making use of New Telco’s Midrand carrier-neutral data centre as a termination point on to its fibre ring for all Midrand fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the business (FTTB) customers.
“We are excited to be a part of Link Africa’s expanding network as a breakout point for any Link Africa fibre client in Midrand,” says Eckart Zollner, head of new business development at New Telco SA. “The fact that our data centre is carrier neutral means that not only will any Link Africa FTTH or FTTB subscriber in Midrand have access to all major ISPs and services in South Africa, but it is also attractive for the many service provides who terminate at our data centre, giving them a platform from which to access new business.”
According to Zollner, the termination point at New Telco SA’s data centre gives Link Africa full redundancy, allowing it to terminate fibre via separate points at the data centre, as well as expansion capacity.
“Midrand is one of the fastest growing economic and residential hubs in South Africa, and the demand for connectivity is vast. We have ensured that Link Africa is provided with sufficient opportunity for future growth,” says Zollner.
Link Africa offers customers quality fibre connectivity, giving them access to a range of service providers and services for their businesses and homes. “Providing a reliable, well-supported service is a key focus for us,” says Andre Hoffman, manager for special projects at Link Africa.
“New Telco SA’s Midrand data centre is a very attractive point of presence for us, as it provides us with a breakout point to reach almost the entire Midrand area, and it is backed by a standard of excellence which we, ourselves, abide by,” says Hoffman. “The data centre offers all the benefits we look for in a data centre: good security, excellent cable management and maintenance standards, great uptime and availability, and peace of mind when it comes to power supply – an especially key point in a country not well known for its reliable electricity delivery.
“New Telco has an outstanding reputation in the market and that, coupled with the fact that their carrier neutral nature enables interconnections with a wide range of reputable service providers for our customers, makes them an ideal partner for our fibre network, and is why the Midrand New Telco data centre will form part of our core network ring,” he adds.
The fibre rollout in Midrand has already commenced, with several customers within Vorna Valley already terminated into the New Telco data centre.