Spescom has entered into a strategic partnership with NewTelco GmbH to create NewTelco South Africa – a carrier-neutral co-location services provider. The new company takes advantage of telecoms liberalisation in South Africa and offers those local, regional and international carriers with a presence, or wanting to establish a presence, in South Africa an independent telecoms ‘hub’.
“Because the co-location centre is carrier-neutral, users are free to shop around among carriers present in the centre and find the one that best meets their requirements. They are not restricted by the limited services that any one carrier may provide. This will remove any commercial ‘bias’ that may exist in a carrier owned centre,” Spescom said in a press statement.
NewTelco South Africa is set to launch into full operation in the second quarter of 2010.
Says Thomas Makore, of Spescom: “More than 80% of the voice traffic generated on the African continent goes through South Africa. This new facility will offer local, regional and international carriers a fast, cost efficient, carrier grade, reliable point of presence (PoP) in South Africa to switch customer traffic seamlessly and inexpensively in the region and provide a transparent connection to international destinations”
Previously, carriers operating in South Africa were forced to make use of the services of the incumbent carrier. The awarding of ECNS licenses now allows service providers to build their own network infrastructure and carry third parties’ traffic. Spescom’s license will be utilised by NewTelco South Africa in the provision of these co-location services.
Explains Makore: “Carrier neutral co-location essentially provides carriers with a telecoms hub or ‘market place’ where they interconnect with any other carrier who has a presence in that market place. Interconnections are unrestricted and incoming carriers are not compelled to make these interconnects via secondary, usually expensive, hubs as was previously the case. In addition, co-location provider NewTelco South Africa, leaves the negotiation of interconnect fees to the carriers themselves, without influencing them in any way.”
Another important part of our NewTelco South Africa’s value proposition is the fact that NewTelco GmbH has five other neutral carrier co-location hubs in major world capitals, namely Frankfurt, London, New York, Vienna and Kiev, exponentially extending the value for local telecommunication customers.
Says Matthias Hartman of NewTelco GmbH: “With the arrival of deregulation, more international carriers, small and large, will be looking to establish a point of presence (PoP) in South Africa, effectively building a platform for their customers to interconnect directly with those using the services of local carriers. Similarly, local carriers will want to switch the calls of local customers seamlessly and inexpensively to subscribers using the networks of international carriers.”
Spescom’s Midrand premises will house the co-location business of New Telco SA. It will be fully equipped with the necessary Next Generation SDH transmission equipment and STM1/STM4/STM16/STM64 ports to directly connect customers to one other, and the backup generators, UPS’ and air conditioning needed to ensure reliability and continuity. New Telco SA will also monitor quality of service, do fault management and manage interconnect service to meet service level agreements.
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