IS delivers carrier grade connectivity for Global Carriers


Johannesburg, South Africa – 13 March 2014 – Internet Solutions (IS), a pan-African telecommunications provider has today announced the availability of two carrier grade services, Ethernet Private Network (EPN) and Clear Channel. These services provide direct access to IS’ undersea cable investments between South Africa and the UK for Global Carriers to on-sell to their customers.

By enabling these low latency, point-to-point, solutions over IS’ own network, Global Carriers are able to cater for the needs of their customers who have connectivity requirements between South Africa and the UK. “With IS’ EPN and Clear Channel solutions Global Carriers have access to low latency, highly secure, and reliable connectivity. These point-to-point solutions use the shortest path between the UK and SA at the lowest available round-trip times,” says Brett Steingo, Innovation and Technology Manager at IS

EPN offers bandwidth speeds that are available in 10Mbps increments starting at 10Mbps and increasing to 100Mbps while Clear channel offers a choice of five service speeds; STM-1, STM-4, 1Gbps, STM-16 and STM-64. EPN is classified as a layer 2 carrier Ethernet managed service, which gives Global Carriers’ the ability to offer their customers control of IP routing and security over the network. As a layer 1 managed optical transmission service, Clear Channel offers full control of the network over the transmission layer.

To ensure that Global Carriers are able to deliver stringent reporting of faults, performance and availability to its customers, IS has introduced 30 second interval monitoring for EPN and Clear Channel which equates to a near real-time response. Both solutions are also supported by an SLA (Service Level Agreement) that ensures uptime requirements are catered for.

IS has also created protected and unprotected offerings for both EPN and Clear Channel. For the protected service, IS uses the WACS undersea cable system as their primary transmission route with redundancy provided over the SEACOM undersea cable system. The unprotected services provide Global Carriers with a choice of either a WACS or SEACOM undersea cable path, depending on their customers’ needs.

With Clear Channel’s protected service, Global Carriers are provided with two active linear paths over separate undersea cables. The EPN protected service provides automatic failover management across the WACS and SEACOM undersea cable paths.

“We have seen a large demand for layer 1 and layer 2 network connectivity coming into South Africa,” says Steingo. “Both services provide Global Carriers with the ability to service clients that require a connection to South Africa via the UK. By using the EPN and Clear Channel networks that terminate in South Africa, Global Carriers can offer services that meet international standards.”

Source: Internet Solutions


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