Independent telecom hub NewTelco has inked a deal with Alink Telecom to boost use of a carrier-neutral co-location hub.
The overall goal of NewTelco – a unit of Jasco Group – is to move into West Africa and increase its presence across the continent.
The companies are also hopeful that the joint venture with German-based co-location firm NewTelco GmbH will enable it to be successful in its approach to new markets.
Alink is the South African subsidiary of an Ivory Coast mobile and Internet service provider, and has a large presence in West Africa. The new deal should enable the co-location hub idea to progress into new areas of the continent, officials from both companies said.
Yegen Moodley, from Alink’s South African office, was quoted as saying by local press that the company’s recent launch of international calling cards in SA led to the agreement between the two telecoms players.
“[The calling card] is already operational in the Ivory Coast, targeting the West African community living in SA with attractive call rates. To get this calling card working, we needed a point of presence in SA and a carrier-neutral co-location centre to switch calls internationally between countries.”