Representing the Group’s largest investment in South Africa to date and built to serve Sub-Saharan Africa, the newly constructed Paratus South Africa Teleport – The Goedehoop Teleport in Doornkloof, Pretoria – has entered the final stages of completion.

As the country’s newest vendor neutral teleport facility, the Paratus Teleport has been designed to greatly enhance non-terrestrial communications across all key connectivity pillars – namely, telecommunications, backhaul, data center, and satellite – by providing satellite solutions and colocation services to not only its customers, but also other satellite operators.

Kallie Carlsen, MD of Paratus South Africa, says that the timing of the launch is crucial as satellite communication is playing an increasingly important role in keeping businesses connected in Africa. “We can ensure uninterrupted services of our satellite solutions and colocation services, through our robust infrastructure design, which is essential for any business that depends on real-time transactional data, such as the retail and financial sectors, especially when power supply is erratic.

“We have expanded the services we offer not only to the seven African countries where we have operational teams, but also to a further 28 countries on the continent to whom we provide satellite services. We offer an unequalled service across the entire region.”

Paratus South Africa provides end to end management and the group’s core network allows connectivity to and from multiple countries via terrestrial and subsea fiber routes. The Goedehoop Teleport provides resilient fibre routes to data centers in South Africa while also greatly strengthening its diverse offering of satellite communications services.

The Goedehoop Teleport is a next generation facility that has been constructed to service future needs for reliable teleport connectivity and colocation services in South Africa and into Africa. It boasts extensive security – including perimeter and zoned electric fencing, CCTV and thermal monitoring, as well as biometric access control at all entry points. Access to the facility is by appointment only.

It has diverse north and south fibre routes; true A&B intra-resilient UPSs (uninterrupted power supply) monitored A&B cabinet PDUs (power distribution units) and are backed by 90 hours of generator autonomy; fire suppression; and world class HVAC systems.

Carlsen adds: “The teleport’s quality is attributable to our hard work and dedication, and we are excited to launch it. The fact that we are also offering colocation services to other satellite operators shows our commitment and our expertise in building world-class infrastructure. We are eager to provide our customers with better connectivity and to relocate the entire Paratus SA head office and warehouse to the Goedehoop campus within the next 18 months.”

Pictured: Kallie Carlsen, MD of Paratus South Africa