Network and telecommunications provider BCSgroup is to colocate key servers and connectivity infrastructure in Teraco's vendor neutral data centre facilities in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
This allows BCSgroup to take advantage of free choice of interconnect with local and international telecoms service providers.
By 2012, BCSgroup aims to be the largest converged telecommunications provider in Southern Africa, with high-capacity points of presence (PoPs) across the SADC countries, connecting them to its PoPs in South Africa and the UK.
BCSgroup has an ECNS license with a national network and, through its partner IBS, has secured access to 20 STM-1 circuits (of 155Mbps each) on the Seacom cable.
BCS will offer smaller ISPs access to bandwidth at rates from as little as R5 500.00 per month per Mbps of international circuit, representing an estimated 80% reduction in their costs from two years ago.
The choice to colocate at Teraco¹s Cape Town vendor neutral data centre is a crucial step in its growth strategy, and BCSgroup will be among the first tenants of the Johannesburg data centre when it comes online in February 2010.
Willie Olivier, MD of BCSgroup, says: "Colocating within Teraco's vendor neutral facilities was the obvious next step for us. Through our acquisition of circuits on the Seacom cable, BCS is in the position to rapidly grow our wholesale and large enterprise converged solutions business. Retaining BCS' independence in terms of both the hardware we provide and the network operators we use has always been a critical part of our value offering.
"As the only genuinely neutral colocation facility in South Africa, Teraco is best placed for us to interconnect with other networks and carriers, from neighbouring African countries and the rest of the world. Their facility presents a perfect launch pad for our expansion."
From the Teraco data centre facilities, BCS will offer competitively priced Internet bandwidth and private leased line circuits to ISPs and large enterprise customers within South Africa and beyond its borders. In addition, BCS will peer on NAPAfrica, the new neutral network access point that is located in the "meet me" room in Teraco's data centres, allowing the free exchange of Internet traffic between BCS customers and other service providers colocated at Teraco.
"The BCS expansion strategy has been one of both self provision and partnership, each option weighed up in terms of what makes the most economic sense and how we can provide the best possible value to our customers over the long term," says Olivier. "Our partnership with Teraco means that choice means being able to pick from the best as they become available."