FibreCo, ADVA Optical expand network services in SA

By 01/11/2017 No Comments

Open access fibre network operator FibreCo Telecommunications has selected global network connectivity firm ADVA Optical Networking as its partner to roll out high-bandwidth services across SA.

By Sibahle Malinga, ITWeb’s portals journalist.
Johannesburg, 12 Sep 2017

According to ADVA Optical Networking, through the partnership, the companies will deploy tailored bandwidth-intensive broadband services for high-priority business applications across SA.

FibreCo will harness ADVA Optical Networking’s long-haul technology, FSP 3000 metro, to offer tailor-made connectivity services to its business, government and carrier customers.

The FSP 3000 is a scalable optical transport solution designed to respond to exploding bandwidth demands, ensuring organisations’ networks are built on a flexible wavelength-division multiplexing foundation.

“This strategic partnership provides a firm foundation for the future as we help even more South African businesses unleash their full potential. With ADVA Optical Networking’s flexible platform, we can respond in the shortest possible time to each and every customer demand,” says Marius Mostert, CTO at FibreCo.

“The ADVA FSP 3000, including its advanced reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer network (ROADM) technology, enables us to deliver the high-speed, scalable connectivity that today’s enterprises and service providers demand.

“Our new infrastructure delivers several key efficiencies from low latency to optimised bandwidth utilisation. What’s more, the support and local expertise provided by ADVA Optical Networking and Jasco Carrier Solutions gives us a lot of confidence that we’ll achieve quick time to market and the highest network availability.”

FibreCo says it chose to expand its existing infrastructure in response to rapid growth in bandwidth demand.

The initial deployment of the FSP 3000 involves a 100Gbit/s ROADM carrying data over 780km between Johannesburg and the undersea cable landing station at Mtunzini, notes ADVA Optical Networking.

The design of the ADVA FSP 3000 also ensures the network is primed and ready for further expansion so FibreCo can easily upgrade its clients’ services whenever their requirements change. FibreCo’s future network expansion plans will see 100Gbit/s metro and long-haul links connecting other cities and regions across SA, adds ADVA Optical Networking.

“To be selected as FibreCo’s strategic partner is an honour for every member of our team. It highlights the benefits of our flexible, scalable solution and underlines the value of the local support we offer. With this new network, we’re expanding our leading market position in SA,” explains Günter Landers, sales director, Africa, ADVA Optical Networking.

“Our metro and long-haul solutions enable FibreCo to meet increasingly challenging business expectations. Our advanced ROADM technology ensures streamlined and efficient operations. It also creates a dynamic architecture so that FibreCo can instantly respond to changing and growing demands. It’s clear that FibreCo is embarking on an exciting journey. We’re proud to be supporting them every step of the way.”

“As an ADVA Optical Networking Elite partner, we at Jasco Carrier Solutions have a large pool of ADVA-certified engineers in South Africa, providing FibreCo with the assurance of a technically astute team,” says Martin Ferreira, executive head, Jasco Carrier Solutions.

“Our skills and expertise ensure a smooth and speedy deployment as well as first-class ongoing support.”