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Orange adds SA PoPs

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Orange has opened two very large-capacity IP and IPX Points of Presence (PoP) in South Africa.
The facilities, which are located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa are operational from today and will enhance Internet and mobile connectivity in the region by offering faster connection speeds and improved reliability for wholesale customers.
IP and IPX Points of Presence are part of the technical infrastructure equipment necessary to enable local operators to access the Internet and mobile services through an interconnection point with long-distance networks.
By offering access to an IP and IPX PoP connection, Orange is providing wholesale customers, notably telecoms operators and ISPs across the region, with the following advantages:
* High capacity;
* Resiliency and high-availability: three routes with protected backbone network (including access to submarine cables SAT3 and EASSY/SMW5; ACE to be added soon);
* Supported by Orange-owned international assets;
* Improve QoS by providing delivery content closer to customers;
* Optimise mobile services QoS;
* Improve roaming: avoids unnecessary traffic going back and forth to Europe by local processing.
“By connecting to this very large-capacity PoP, wholesale customers, regional operators and Internet Service Providers will benefit from cost-effective connections to a Tier 1 operator. Thanks to this Point of Presence that will bring content providers closer to Internet users, the customer experience is set to improve,” says Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, CEO: international carriers at Orange.