08 June 2018
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
Sprint has enhanced its South African network capabilities after opening a Johannesburg point of presence (PoP), further extending its global wireline backbone network.
Sprint's strategic relationship with CMC Networks, a pan-African provider, has been extended to incorporate the operation of the Johannesburg PoP to enhance Sprint's global Tier 1 network, which serves multinational business and carrier customers in 195 countries around the world.
"This new service node in South Africa continues to demonstrate Sprint's commitment in providing cost effective, scalable and highly available connectivity services to customers who have multinational or in-country requirements," said Mark Harris, Sprint managing director for International Wireline.
"We are delighted to partner with CMC Networks to continue providing the best possible service to our customers."
With this new PoP Sprint will provide an enhanced experience to customers in South Africa and surrounding countries.
"The fast-growing data demand in Africa and the Middle East has created some tremendous new opportunities," added Martin Springer, CEO at CMC Networks. "The CMC team is enthusiastic about continuing to grow our relationship with Sprint, and helping them address their clients' and partners' global expansion and diversity requirements."
The news comes just over a month after the announcement that Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile US is to take over SoftBank’s Sprint in a non-cash deal that will create a powerful US mobile operator worth $146 billion to compete with Verizon and AT&T. In the deal, the new company – temporarily called New T-Mobile US – will be smaller than the other two but will be within meaningful competing distance, especially as they all start to roll out 5G.