XDSL gets direct link to WACS

South African local Internet Service Provider (ISP) XDSL has secured a direct link to the West African Cable System (WACS) via Telehouse in London. By peering directly with this international ISP, the firm boosts its international Internet capacity, giving customers of its superfast 25/50/100Mbps offerings greater assurance of the stability, reliability and ongoing affordability of the solution.

XDSL Director Danie Fourie commented: “Our 25Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps fibre broadband connectivity offering has made a significant impact in the market and we are seeing rapid uptake. Expanding our existing international fibre broadband capacity adds redundancy, ensuring the reliability of international connectivity and removing reliance on local network providers.”

Telehouse is a neutral point of interconnection and a major hub for all top tier ISPs around the world. It operates through 11 co-location facilities that cover the UK, France, Germany, Turkey and South Africa, and has a global network of 45 data centres in EMEA, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region that cover all major commercial and financial hubs.

Fourie adds: “Telehouse is a neutral Internet exchange. As a co-location facility it facilitates direct any-to-any network connectivity. With a peer-to-peer fibre link into Telehouse, XDSL secures direct access to the international fibre broadband capacity of WACS.”

The 5.12 Terabits per second (Tbps), 14 000km long fibre optic sub-marine cable system raises South Africa’s international broadband capacity by over 500 Gigabits per second (Gbps), more than doubling the country’s 2011 capacity. Spanning the west coast of Africa and terminating in the United Kingdom, WACS enables seamless connectivity into the rest of Europe and America.

“Broadband fibre’s real-time, synchronous and low latency connectivity is ideal for IP services like VoIP, hosted PBX and a range of other technologies. In addition, fibre optic cable offers other key benefits over copper: it eliminates cable theft, signal deterioration and latency issues, and facilitates connectivity at greater distances from the exchange”, he adds.

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