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Capacity wholesaler WIOCC invests in 30 new PoPs in SA

By , ITWeb
South Africa , 18 May 2021

Capacity wholesale Internet service provider, the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) has brought new points-of-presence (PoPs) to South Africa.

In a statement, WIOCC says it has extended its national hyperscale network with a further 30 PoPs along the country’s southern coastline – between Cape Town and Durban.

The Mauritius-headquartered WIOCC operates as a wholesaler, providing capacity to international telecos, OTTs, content providers and Internet service providers within and out of Africa.

It offers carriers connectivity to over 550 locations across 30 African countries – utilising more than 75 000km of terrestrial fibre and 150 000km of submarine fibre-optic cable.

WIOCC's international network reach currently extends to 100 cities in 29 countries in Europe and more than 700 cities in 70 countries globally.

The company says part of a multi-billion rand investment by WIOCC to enhance its network infrastructure in SA, this latest addition enables Internet service providers, mobile network operators, content providers and cloud operators to deliver their services more cost-effectively into a significant number of additional locations.

Furthermore, WIOCC’s policy of not imposing aggregation restrictions allows clients to serve multiple end-users over a single WIOCC connection, it adds.

According to the company, the 30 additional PoPs are on a new 1 700km terrestrial link between Durban and Cape Town, bringing connectivity to coastal towns from Somerset West, Grabouw, Caledon and Swellendam in the Western Cape, through to Doonside, Kingsburgh and Isipingo in KwaZulu-Natal.

It explains that this capability has been integrated into WIOCC’s 16Tbps-ready, optical transport network-enabled hyperscale national backbone network and its wholly-owned metro networks.

“This flexible infrastructure is easily and quickly scalable, meaning clients benefit from rapid turn-up of capacity from 1Gbps up to multiples of 100Gbps,” says the company.

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