Orange deploys two IP PoPs in Nigeria

22 March 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Orange has launched two IP points of presence (PoPs) in Nigeria, located at data centres operated by Medallion on Victoria Island and Rack Centre in the Oregun district of Lagos.

Both PoPs that have been operational since January 2019, will enhance internet and IPX connectivity in the region by offering faster connection speeds, and improved reliability for Orange’s wholesale customers.  

“Our ambition is to ensure the best quality of experience for our affiliates and for our external ISP customers, which is why Orange continues to augment its network of PoPs in Africa,” said Jean-Bernard Willem, senior vice president of product marketing and development at Orange International Carriers. “We already successfully deployed PoPs in Abidjan, Cape Town and Johannesburg and this latest launch widens our geographical presence in order to improve connectivity for international and local traffic.”

The news makes Orange the first operator in Nigeria to offer connectivity to its Tier-1 IP network (OTI) for an all-IP transit services.

“As a Tier-1 operator capable of offering reliable, high quality, secure connections for the wholesale market around the continent of Africa, Orange continues to support the huge rise in IP traffic which is helping to develop the African market place,” added Willem.

According to the company, Nigeria is ideally located at the heart of multiple submarine cable systems and these new fully redundant IP PoPs act as a secure solution that will support the development of the region through reliable, high-quality connections for countries neighbouring Nigeria.

In addition, because of Orange’s position across Africa and the Middle East, as well as its existing IP and IPX PoPs in Jordan, Ivory Coast and South Africa, the company says that it is able to further address the market’s needs with range of services for customers including IP transit, Ethernet and IPX. As a result, customers can establish services in the West Africa region, as well as facilitating the increase of intra-African traffic.