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MTN Business builds national fibre network

April 29, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms

Following positive feedback after the launch of its metro network in Sandton, MTN Business is already building a national fibre network to support growing demand from the business sector.

“Our network uptime has been 99% and is coupled with consistent strong performance,” said Angela Gahagan, Managing Executive at MTN Business.

The company provided circular fibre network, dual routed in both directions, meaning any break in the flow of data in one direction leads to an automatic flow in the other.

“This network connects all the buildings and sites we have in Johannesburg, providing a dual redundant link. As we moved one server room, we switched over to the data recovery site seamlessly, allowing us to meet that ‘no downtime’ specification”, said Lourens van Dyk, Head of Infrastructure at Sasfin Bank, a niche bank focused on serving the needs of entrepreneurial businesses.

MTN Business’s metro network currently serves 120 such companies.

Van Dyk explained that Safin benefited from the metro network’s cost of downtime, which can be easily calculated and understood, a helpful tool when switching, upgrading networks and moving data centres and business lines, as in Sasfin’s case.

MTN Business will provide end-to-end solutions integrating VPN, Internet access, network hosting and converged services in its Fibre Access advanced customized solution, which can be connected to a business’s existing infrastructure.

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