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Liquid Telecom to upgrade SA fibre routes

Liquid Telecom, which acquired Neotel earlier this year in a R6.5bn deal, has announced it plans to upgrade its fibre routes in South Africa using the latest 100G technology.

The company said at AfricaCom in Cape Town on Wednesday that it will work with Huawei to upgrade its fibre links to 100G to cope with growing demand for cloud-based services in the country.

The Econet Global subsidiary said the upgrade will take advantage of the latest dense wave-division multiplexing technology to offer additional capacity and faster speeds to customers.

In the project’s first phase, Liquid will deploy Huawei’s OptiX OSN solution along 1 200km of its long-haul network connecting Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“The 100G link will support growing demand for cloud-based services and provide customers with high-speed access to Liquid Telecom’s data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, which are currently undergoing major expansions to meet the needs of global cloud players and enterprise customers,” the company said in a statement.

In the second and third phases of the project, the core network will be extended to the north-western and then north-eastern regions of South Africa.

“The network upgrades will support Liquid Telecom’s new CloudConnect for Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service, which enables customers to create … connections between Azure data centres and infrastructure on their premises or in a colocation environment.”  — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media

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