The relationship between Internet Solutions (IS) and Telkom was recently bolstered when the IS substantially increased their capacity on the South Atlantic 3/West African Submarine Cable (SAT-3/WASC) that is operated by Telkom.
According to Prenesh Padayachee, Chief Technology Officer at IS, the relationship the company has with Telkom has been long standing, as Telkom has been a major infrastructure provider since IS’ inception.
Padayachee explained that Telkom’s SAT-3 and SAFE cable systems have also been in the water the longest, which means that they do not have the teething issues experienced by many of the newer submarine cable systems that have recently come online.
“After more than 20 years of operation Telkom understands this area of the market very well and has the experience we look for when partnering with an infrastructure provider,” said Padayachee.
“The SAT-3 cable itself is also very well established and offers a level of reliability that is crucial for running the mission critical services required by our numerous blue chip corporate clients. Telkom also manages the entire cable system for South Africa, which includes their custodian role at the landing stations here and in London,” continues Padayachee.
SAT-3 went through a significant upgrade ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which means there was a big increase in available capacity on the cable system.
“As international bandwidth capacity becomes more critical for corporate level connectivity, we need to keep upgrading the capacity offered on the IS network. And with the changing usage paradigm, especially for BPO organisations, this capacity needs to be run over unshaped lines with adequate redundancy to ensure the up-time of business critical services,” said Padayachee.
According to Padayachee, Telkom’s SAT-3 cable system also fits well into IS’ growing international bandwidth engagement model.
“We want to ensure that our international bandwidth services remain as diverse as possible on both sides of the coast, and SAT-3 is an important component of that model on the west coast,” said Padayachee.
“It compliments the investments we have made in the other cable systems and the quantum of bandwidth we have purchased on SAT-3 positions us really well to cater to the ever increasing broadband customer base and their international bandwidth needs.”