Gateway to Africa
NTT Europe builds on Dimension Data acquisition to capitalise on African opportunities
NTT Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), announced today that NTT Com's Europe-Asia network is now connected to the Europe-Africa network of Internet Solutions, a subsidiary of Dimension Data, via a Network to Network Interface (NNI).
The NNI between NTT Com and Internet Solutions connects 31 cities across 12 countries in Africa including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda and is one of the major steps in the partnership from NTT's acquisition of Dimension Data.
Masaaki Moribayashi, managing director, NTT Europe, said: 'To provide our customers with a global network and open up access to Africa, we needed to either 'partner' or 'build'. Building would be a slow process and would not provide extensive in-country connectivity. Partnering with Internet Solutions meant the NNI was enabled in weeks, not months or years, and NNI provides a direct connection to key African regions for new and existing clients. We have mapped and tested our suite of MPLS products against the capabilities of Internet Solution's network and will deliver identical high level of service across the IS backbone.'
Glenn Maule, general manager EU, Internet Solutions said, 'Working with NTT Com to expand Internet Solution's coverage within Europe and particularly Asia is very exciting and beneficial to our client base. In South Africa, 85% of the Top 250 listed companies use IS backbone for internet connectivity and IP-VPN. The demand to reach financial centres in other regions is increasing rapidly and we believe IS is now best placed as preferred partner to offer that service.'
In order to ensure clients based in Africa can access Asia quickly, the two organisations are currently investigating an additional NNI in the APAC area.
About NTT Europe
NTT Europe is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTT Communications which is the global data and IP services arm of the Fortune Global 500 telecom leader, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT Europe is responsible for business in the EMEA market and provides a world-class Tier-1 Internet backbone, secure closed networks, security, system integration, network and application management, managed hosting and global content delivery services with partner companies globally. For additional information, please visit http://www.eu.ntt.com
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for reliable, high-quality security, hosting, voice, data and IP services, as well as expertise in managed networks and leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications' extensive infrastructure includes Arcstar(TM) Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier-1 IP Backbone reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and secure data centres in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Communications is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world's largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit http://www.ntt.com.
Internet Solutions [http://www.is.co.za/AboutUs/Pages/default.aspx] facts and figures
- Service areas: South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe - Over 65% of all internet traffic in South Africa resides on the IS Network - Over 85% of the top 250 listed companies use Internet Solutions - More than 30% of all DSL circuits in South Africa connect via the Internet Solutions backbone - In South Africa alone, 14 500 WWW and 18 000 MPLS leased lines with over 11, 500 business ADSL lines terminate at Internet Solutions
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