Neotel has became the first telecommunication provider in South Africa to be awarded a Cisco Powered-designated Metro Ethernet offering based on the Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture.
Neotel's Metro Ethernet service, which was launched last year, is already being used by a substantial number of enterprise clients.
Currently the services that can be enabled with the Cisco Metro Ethernet aggregation platform, upon which Neotel's network is based, include voice and data. These services will eventually be extended to incorporate IPTV, video on demand, gaming, digital media, broadcast capability and services which directly address the specialized needs of consumers and business customers such as e-learning and tele-health consulting for example.
"We strongly believe that collaborating with Neotel will help to maximise their ability to grow their business, improve productivity, create cost savings and support a positive return on investment," comments Steve Midgley, MD of Cisco South Africa. "This project and its service offerings will demonstrate to the world that South Africa is capable of delivering the true broadband connectivity and more importantly the relevant value added services vital for business, consumers and government."
Ajay Pandey, CEO and MD of Neotel, adds: "The telecommunications industry is investing substantially in transforming or building networks to revolutionise the power of convergence. This is to ensure that the end user gets the benefit of cost effective and faster to market services with full convergence and future mobility features."
Neotel has, since inception, deployed a converged next generation network to allow the company to adapt quickly to market dynamics. "We believe this accolade sends a very strong message to the business community that they can use Neotel's offerings with confidence," says Pandey.
Entry into the Cisco Powered Program requires thorough technical design validations, certification that the underlying network is not only designed, but also deployed as per the Cisco best practice across the globe. "This is a major achievement for Neotel as the first telecommunications service provider to achieve this in South Africa," says Pandey.