South African operator BitCo has selected network specialist Ciena to to upgrade its network to provide high-performance, cost-effective and scalable carrier-class Ethernet managed bandwidth services for enterprise and wholesale mobile backhaul connectivity.
Ciena’s MEF-certified packet networking solutions have been deployed in the Rustenburg and Bloemfontein regions and will also support other metropolitan areas, including Gauteng, Durban, Cape Town and Nelspruit.
BitCo is a licensed telecommunications operator providing a one-stop connectivity solution that can be tailored to meet the requirements of local and regional enterprises, including PBX solutions, voice termination services and Carrier Ethernet based connectivity, as well as wholesale mobile backhaul services.
With Ciena’s 3940 and 3920, BitCo can easily turn-up services for new and existing customers and cost-effectively tailor and scale services according to the customer’s specific requirements and timeline. Additionally, BitCo can offer its enterprise and wholesale customers sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) features for its virtual private network (VPN), high-speed Internet, backup and VoIP services.
The Ciena-based packet network includes G.8032 ring protection, providing BitCo with more effective interconnection between network elements, sub-50ms protection switching for all traffic, and increased network scalability.
“South African businesses, from small family-run companies to large corporations, depend on reliable, cost-effective Ethernet service delivery”, said Michael Colin, Sales Director at BitCo. “With Ciena’s packet networking solutions, we can give our enterprise customers the peace of mind that the network can handle their communication needs so that they can focus on growing their business and making a contribution to the economy.”