By Submarine Cable News Feed

Tata Communications has announced the further expansion of its network reach into Africa through an arrangement with Neotel, South Africa's first converged communications network operator.

The South African government and business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has invested a tremendous amount of time and effort in positioning the country as a preferred BPO or contact centre destination. This could soon become a reality with the announcement of a new multi-service Point of Presence (PoP) that has been established in Johannesburg by Tata Communications in association with Neotel. Neotel has been delivering world-class voice and data services since 2006. The service portfolio consists of high-speed Internet, VPN, network management and hosting services to customers in South Africa.

The new multi-service Point of Presence established in Johannesburg, South Africa, seamlessly integrates with Neotel's next generation network and IP/MPLS infrastructure for onward national and regional connectivity.

The new PoP offers MPLS, Ethernet, IP and International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) services, connecting through Tata Communications' global network to over 600 cities in 50 countries and onwards to customers in over 200 countries. Tata Communications owns and operates one of the world's largest private sub-sea cable networks, enabling flexible, scalable end-to-end solutions backed by strong Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and delivering service to over 1,600 wholesale and 10,000 enterprise customers.

Stefano Mattiello, Executive Head of Enterprise Group, Neotel said, “Neotel is driven to redefine the South African telecommunications market with cost effective, unconventional solutions and worldwide connectivity. By launching this multi-service PoP to connect to Tata Communications' global network, we will leverage their extensive telecom expertise to bring international standard services to South Africa, while at the same time provide South Africa with much-wanted bandwidth.”

Customers in South Africa can now access Tata Communications' full global suite of products, including solutions for voice and data connectivity, managed security services, application traffic optimization and management, managed storage and hosted applications, collaboration services, server management, co-location and content distribution.

“This is another step forward in our commitment to expand Tata Communications' global footprint and deliver unparalleled global network reach for our industry-leading voice and data services,” commented Claude Sassoulas, Managing Director, Europe & Africa – Global Data Solutions, Tata Communications. “The bandwidth flexibility and reach we can now offer with our Ethernet and VPN services give our customers the ability to connect all their South African offices in a much more cost-effective fashion. Additionally our investment in the Seacom cable in this region shows our commitment to support our customers as they expand into this region.”

Tata Communication plans to continue to extend its global presence, with a focus on emerging markets in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America and South East Asia. Recent additions to the network footprint include China, Egypt, Malaysia and the Philippines.