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Telkom to bolster EASSy efficiency

March 25, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms

South African telecom operator Telkom, has announced that it is an active participant in the latest upgrades to the East African Submarine System (EASSy).

A map of Africa, showing the cable systems around the continent (image: African Undersea Cables)

A map of Africa, showing the cable systems around the continent (image: African Undersea Cables)

The EASSy consortium will soon be deploying the latest 100 gigabit-per-second technology to enable an ultimate carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s. This cable system is implemented in a protected ring configuration linking eight countries on the East Coast of Africa from Sudan to South Africa.

The global demand for access to, and utilisation of capacity on the EASSy cable system has increased since the inauguration of the system in 2010.

Casper K Chihaka, the Managing Executive for Telkom Wholesale says, “Telkom embraces this innovation and progress by supporting this EASSy upgrade for an additional 400Gbps capacity. This will ensure an enrichment of the high-speed and seamless connectivity that is experienced by our valued customers.”

“At Telkom Wholesale we understand that customers seek cost-effective facilities aimed at boosting revenues and improving efficiencies and, as such, we actively drive and participate in submarine cable upgrades to enable increased capacity and improved affordability. Through this latest upgrade the EASSy capacity that is held by Telkom will be increased threefold,” continued Chihaka.

Telkom’s proven track record in managing complete submarine cable environments gives the Company the competitive edge in managing end-to-end ICT requirements. Telkom’s Wholesale division is intent in offering its customers affordable and cutting-edge technology solutions, thereby enabling further innovation in the retail products that are ultimately shaped for the South African business and residential market.

“We have ownership in EASSy, WACS, EIG, S3WS, SMW3 and the Columbus-3 cable systems. Through the combination of our world-class infrastructure and network and our expertise and commitment, we are well-positioned to offer tailor-made communication solutions that suit the specific needs of our customers,” concluded Chihaka.

Staff writer

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