Teraco to interconnect with MÉTISS subsea cable
Teraco confirms that the MÉTISS subsea cable will connect into its Durban - DB1 data centre.
The 3,200km subsea system will connect South Africa to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius. The cable is being a built by a consortium comprised of Canal+ Télécom, CEB Fibernet, Emtel, Zeop and SRR (SFR) Telma.
Once live the system will land in Amanzimtoti before being backhauled by Liquid Intelligent Technologies to Teraco’s DB1 facility. The news expands on MÉTISS consortium members having infrastructure in both the Teraco Durban - DB1 and Johannesburg - JB1 data centre facilities.
The new cable expands the addressable market for content and cloud providers in South Africa and adds resilience to the existing telecoms infrastructure in the region.
“The cable brings connectivity across regions that were previously hard to reach,” said Michele McCann, head of interconnection and peering at Teraco
“Through Teraco, access to this cable is an interconnect away and in keeping with our tagline; the world connects here. We are very proud to play such a pivotal role in the success of this cable system.”
Teraco’s DB1 facility is connected to the JB1 Campus in Isando, Johannesburg through a wide choice of carriers, via diverse regional fibre routes. As such customers can increase the number of partners they connect with and expand their reach into new markets.
In addition, peering at Africa’s largest Internet exchange, NAPAfrica, is now also possible for the island region. Overall, the Indian Ocean Islands have direct access to Teraco’s ecosystem of over 300 networks, 130 IT service providers, 50 global content providers, and the key global cloud providers.
In related news, Teraco finalised a $166.6 million (R2.5 billion) loan financing transaction, regarding its construction of a new 38MW hyperscale data centre in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.