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Capacity Africa 2018: News in Brief

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Some News in Brief from Capacity Africa in Kigali, Rwanda.

> Guilab recently set up the first-carrier neutral data center in Guinea, thus offering shared or private hosting solutions to all types of companies or organisations wishing to externalise their data centres. The facility has:

- A surface area of more than 2,500 sq m;

- Tier 3 standards;

- Immediate access to the ACE submarine cable; and

- Immediate access to all telecommunications operators in Guinea.

> AFRINIC, the regional internet registry for Africa providing IP addresses and related services to the internet, telecommunications and internet-related service providers:

- Accepts the transfer of IPv4 resources between companies legally incorporated in the AFRINIC region;

- Works with its customers in helping them to seamlessly migrate their internet routing objects (IRR) from RIPE NCC region following the NWI5 implementation;

- Works on updating it IRR database to accommodate members using ASN's that are not issued by other regional internet registries other than AFRINIC; and

- Launched it IPv6 certification platform.

> Congo Telecom has opened a European PoP to better serve the African West Coast

Since July 2018, Congo Telecom has undertaken its international conquest to support its clientele with activities in several countries in their international expansion by establishing two points of presence (PoPs) in London.

For Congo Telecom, London is one of the culminating places of the telecommunications sector in the world but the company is currently construction PoPs in Paris and Johannesburg, which will be fully operational by mid-October 2018.

With these current and future PoPs, Congo Telecom can now offer better services on a network entirely controlled by itself from Europe to Africa West Coast on the WACS landing point.

> DHDCare helps service providers greatly reduce opex maintenance spend

DHDCare’s offering, a TAC+replacement OEM maintenance alternative, is helping service providers optimise capex IT investments, defer hardware spend and significantly reduce opex maintenance costs.

Two examples:

(1) A US service provider reduced their backhaul maintenance costs $574k over three years and can defer $1 million in upgrade expenditures indefinitely.

(2) A large African carrier avoided a “forced” cash outlay in their access layer by utilising DHDCare to extend coverage on their CPE and Layer 2 devices.

The DHDCare offering gives service providers an additional resource for keeping network upgrades on their time table while maintaining a high level of service for their customers. Where applicable, service providers are able to redirect investment into more critical go-forward technology projects.

> ISOCEL is now able to provide connectivity to large organisations and SMEs through its metro FTTx network in the city of Cotonou Benin.

“All circuits will be backed up by a wireless link, in case of failure on the primary fiber link,” said Robert Aouad, CEO of ISOCEL.

“The company has also completed the implementation of its regional PoPs in Niger, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria and Gabon. The aim is to deliver a large choice of connectivity services ranging from MPLS, EoSDH, SDH and DIA.”

ISOCEL was recently selected by the London Stock Exchange to be part of the “Companies to Inspire Africa -2018” programme.

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