FibreCo partners with ADVA for connectivity service offerings

08 September 2017 | Natalie Bannerman


FibreCo, the South African telco, has selected ADVA Optical Networking as its technology partner to roll out high-bandwidth services across the region.

Intelligent NetworksUsing ADVA’s FSP 3000 metro optical transport solution, FibreCo will offer connectivity services to its business, government and carrier customers. 

The first stage of deployment involves the use of a 100Gbps ROADM (reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer) network carrying data over 780km between Johannesburg and the subsea cable landing station at Mtunzini.

Marius Mostert, CTO of FibreCo, said: “The ADVA FSP 3000, including its advanced 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 optimized bandwidth utilization. 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.”

The news comes in response to the growing demand for increased bandwidth. The ADVA FSP 3000 is the ideal platform for flexible transport services because of it use of ROADM technology. Once completed the new infrastructure will be able to carry both 10 and 100Gbps traffic. Also, because of modular design of the ADVA FSP 3000, FibreCo can upgrade its customers services as and when required. 

Günter Landers, sales director for Africa at ADVA Optical Networking, added: “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.”

In addition, ADVA is partnering with Jas as its joint technology collaborator and will assist in the deployment and support of the new network. 

Commenting on the news Martin Ferreira, executive head at Jasco Carrier Solutions, said: “Nearly a decade of experience with ADVA Optical Networking rollouts makes us the ideal company to supply and install the new technology. Our engineers will also provide support in conjunction with ADVA Optical Networking and will ensure sufficient stockholding of equipment at their national offices. Furthermore, Jasco Carrier Solutions has invested in an ADVA Optical Networking lab and test bed that will assist significantly with fault-finding

The company has said that its future network expansion plans will include 100Gbps metro and long-haul links connecting other cities and regions across South Africa.