MWEB recently announced that it has landed SAT-3 cable capacity in its Cape Town node. “This forms part of our ongoing bandwidth capacity upgrades and at the same time brings a significant degree of resilience to our network,” MWEB said.
The SAT-3 undersea fibre optic cable runs up the west coast of Africa to Portugal and is one of the primary ways in which South African data users connect to the rest of the world.
Although MWEB will be buying the capacity on SAT-3, the service will be managed by Seacom which allows MWEB to have one point of contact through a single service provider. MWEB would however not disclose the amount of capacity it purchased on SAT-3.
Derek Hershaw, CEO of MWEB ISP, explains that they use Telkom’s network to carry traffic from the Melkbosstrand SAT-3 landing station, eliminating the need for MWEB to co-locate and invest in infrastructure at the landing station.
“We pick up the capacity at Telkom’s Barrack Street Exchange in Cape Town and then backhaul it to our Data Centre in Parow, over a Telkom Next-Gen fibre link,” Hershaw says.
Hershaw said that their partnership with SEACOM means that in the event of a failure on the SAT-3 link they have complete fail-over capacity on SEACOM.
MWEB does not have immediate plans to use this service to make SAT-3 bandwidth available at their Johannesburg node.
“For now the plan is to use it just to service the requirements of our Cape Town IPC node customers, but in the event of a failure on SEACOM we can use it to service our customers out of Johannesburg as well,” said Hershaw.
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