SOUTH Africa’s first converged communications network operator, Neotel, has embarked on deployment of its new, high capacity and high performance fibre optic and wireless networks aimed at improving the country’s communication system, an official told our reporter on Thursday (today).
In a questions and answer interview, Neotel Executive Head of Technology, Dr Angus Hay, said Neotel had recently extended its access infrastructure in major South African cities through the deployment of Fibre to the Building (FTTB), which will deliver true broadband to mid-sized businesses in the country for the first time.
“We already offer state of the art Telepresence, Data Centre facility, Content Network Delivery to the business market.
“Neotel continues to change the telecoms landscape in South Africa through the deployment of its new, high capacity and high performance fibre optic and wireless networks, data centres, and the associated services,” said Dr Hay.
He said Neotel provides a comprehensive range of voice, data, Internet and hosting services, delivered over a converged, high performance IP network, seamlessly replacing legacy telco services whilst offering scalability, flexibility and world class quality.
Dr Hay said Neotel also operates cross-border services to telcos in all neighbouring countries in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region via international submarine cables and satellite.
“Expansion of these services with partners in those countries is ongoing. Neotel itself has no immediate plans to obtain network operator licences outside South Africa,” he said.
Apart from other operations beyond borders, Neotel (Pty) Ltd is licensed to operate within South Africa, and delivers services countrywide with a focus on the major cities, international cross-border services to neighbouring countries, and global services through Tata Communications Ltd which is one of Neotel’s shareholders.
SAVIOUS KWINIKA, Johannesburg