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Internet and mobile services users in the Southern Africa region are set to enjoy faster and more reliable GSM services thanks to Orange. The telecom operator has open two new very large-capacity IP and IPX Point of Presence (PoP) in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

The IP and IPX PoP forms part of the technical infrastructure needed by mobile service carriers to provide using faster and reliable internet and mobile service access through interconnection point with long-distance networks.

Orange IP and IPX PoP connection will be providing wholesale customers – telecom operators and internet service providers – across the region with advantages that include:

High Capacity

Resiliency and High-availability: 3 routs with protected backbone network (including access to submarine cables SAT3 and EASSY/SMW5, ACE to be added soon)

Supported by Orange-owned international assets

Improved QoS by providing delivery content closer to customers

Optimize Mobile Services QoS

Improve roaming: avoids unnecessary traffic going back & forth to Europe by local processing

How the end-Customer stands to benefit

Orange is the first operator capable of offering reliable, high quality, secure connections for the wholesale market around the continent of Africa to support the huge rise in IP and IPX traffic in this area.

This fully redundant IP and IPX PoP is a secure solution that will help facilitate the development of this region. Orange is now able to offer reliable, high-quality connection for African countries surrounding South Africa.

Orange already holds a strategic position in this field in Africa and the Middle East, thanks to its existing IP and IPX PoPs in Amman and Abidjan. Following the launch of these two new IP and IPX PoPs in South Africa, Orange will now be able to fully address the market’s needs. Orange offers a complete range of services to customers wishing to connect to the South African IP and IPX PoPs, including, notably, a range of high-end value-added services.

By connecting to this very large-capacity PoP, wholesale customers, regional operators and Internet Service Providers will benefit from cost-effective connections to a Tier 1 operator. Thanks to this Point of Presence that will bring content providers closer to Internet users, the customer experience is set to improve,” said Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, CEO, International Carriers, Orange.

With the opening of this new PoPs, Orange has now enhanced its position as a major Internet and mobile services connectivity enabler in South Africa, where capacity is constantly increasing.

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