BT has announced the opening of an international network traffic routing facility at Melkbosstrand in the Western Cape, further strengthening its position as a leading provider of networked IT services to multinational companies in South Africa and globally.
The facility will enable BT to gain better control of its South African infrastructure and improve services to enterprises with a presence in South Africa.
The new infrastructure is of particular importance for the development of the regional and national economy. For example, Cape Town has established itself as a major global hub for call centres and is set to benefit greatly as BT introduces new services and solutions aimed at call centre operators.
BT operates one of the largest global IP-based networks in the world. The network underpins mission critical applications for leading global enterprises from a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries.
The new routing facility will be linked to Teraco, a vendor neutral colocation site in Cape Town, through which other operators and customers will connect directly onto the BT network. Connectivity between the routing facility and Teraco will be provided by Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), an independent fibre network provider with 600 km of fibre network in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.
Recent changes in the South African telecommunications regulatory environment have provided local and global telecommunications providers with an opportunity to lower costs of connectivity and improve service levels offered to their customers.
In 2009, BT was awarded individual Electronic Communications Services (i-ECS) and Electronic Communication Network Services (i-ECNS) licenses from Icasa (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) as part of the deregulation of the local market.