MPLS/IPX agreement connects Namibia internationally

Namibian operator Paratus Telecom and PCCW Global have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement for Namibia and neighbouring countries.

The agreement will enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage across the covered territories, providing PCCW Global – the international division of Hong Kong operator HKT – with an inroad into Angola and Zambia.

The move will also see Paratus Telecom’s Ethernet, voice and IP VPN coverage extended via PCCW Global’s resilient MPLS/IPX network, which reaches over 3,000 cities in more than 130 countries. At the same time, Paratus will benefit from PCCW Global’s direct ownership in the major undersea West African Cable System (WACS).

The interconnection agreement for HD voice and data services will boost general business development in Africa, a significant market for both parties. Paratus Telecom has offices in Namibia, coupled with regional operations in Angola and Zambia, and is now able to offer services to about 40 nations on the African continent, thanks to this new interconnect arrangement with PCCW Global.

John D’Alton, Paratus Telecom’s Managing Director, said, “This collaboration will extend coverage of our services beyond Namibia to the rest of the world and vice versa, further benefitting the countries in which we operate, where international carrier products are already showing a trend of higher capacity at lower cost.”

James Welch, PCCW Global’s Vice President and Head of Sales of EEMEA, said, “Voice and data interconnection with Paratus Telecom extends the connectivity we provide into Namibia. In particular, it provides additional routes whereby our MPLS customers can have additional access resilience to Namibia, Angola and Zambia, as well as the rest of Africa, and in doing so we will continue to be focused on providing high quality service.”

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