Vodacom Business has launched its Metro-Ethernet Fibre network (Metro E), a super-fast, last-mile fibre connection that will offer a cost effective, scalable and managed communications network to businesses in metropolitan areas.

Metro E provides companies with a variety of service speeds from 2Mbps to 1Gbps; as well as greater control over how much bandwidth they need and flexibility as to when they need it. The fibre optic network allows for easy and rapid transfer of large amounts of data and is recommended for services that require smooth data provisioning like video conferencing.
“Companies are facing increasing bandwidth requirements as they deploy more high-bandwidth applications, such as voice, video and networked storage.  But in order to deploy these applications, companies need a high-bandwidth, low cost, reliable last mile service. Vodacom Business is able to now meet these needs with its Metro E service,” says Ermano Quartero, managing executive: products & services at Vodacom Business.
Metro E will connect businesses to a wide area network, such as the Internet, and large companies will be able to use the Metro E network to connect branch offices to mission-critical applications, as well as linking together offices in different metropolitan areas.
It is based on Vodacom’s high capacity optical fibre infrastructure which is centred on Vodacom Business’ Service Hubs in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.
According to Quartero, Metro E is targeted at the enterprise and large business markets, which require high-speed and reliable transmission links supported by stringent service level agreements.
The Metro E fibre network has been laid along routes of large businesses, which makes for easy access to the Vodacom Business fibre termination point – only 50m to 100m from their premises.