MTN yesterday announced the introduction of its Global Multiprotocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network (Global MPLS VPN) connecting key network Point-of-Presence in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Djibouti, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
“Our enterprise customers will experience a seamless managed network service, leveraging off MTN’s undersea cable investments and our 24 operations across Africa and the Middle East. MTN’s data superhighway will connect key locations to deliver global scale, high-quality network and world-class support,” says Pieter Verkade, MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer.
Customers will have visibility of their network through MTN’s Global Network Operations Centre, which is managed in-house by a team of highly skilled professionals across technical and business disciplines.
As a result, customers across several sectors, including financial services, logistics, gas and oil, manufacturing and retail, will be able to completely outsource their Wide Area Network (WAN), Local Area Network (LAN) and Customer Premises Equipment management requirements.
MTN Global MPLS VPN includes improved manageability, reliability and performance. The network also enables various business applications, including tele-presence, video and audio conferencing, file sharing, application and data hosting.
The service will extend to over 20 geographies by end of the year, and a further 32 countries by 2014. In addition to MTN markets on the continent, targeted countries include Angola, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Chad, Senegal, DRC, Egypt, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
“MTN is particularly excited about this launch as it heralds a new era for us as a global operator and more importantly, for our customers on the continent. We believe that MTN’s Global MPLS VPN service will add immense value to our enterprise customers’ businesses. MTN anticipates that the service will become an important conduit to enhancing the role of enterprises in the growth of key economies on the continent,” adds Verkade.