Angola Cables

Angola Cables notes record traffic growth during Covid-19 lockdown

13 May 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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Angola Cables has become the latest to note record traffic growth with a 170% growth in traffic on its IP Network in the first quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019.

While in part due to Covid-19 lockdowns, Angola Cables said the additional traffic was also due to the opening and upgrading of points of presence (PoPs) in the main global traffic exchange locations in recent months

The company said that new activations, the expansion of services and more requests for burstable solutions and IP Flex options by customers had also driven traffic growth.

Earlier this year, two new PoPs were introduced in Brazil to boost connectivity between networks and digital eco-systems within the Latin American geography. With access to NAP of the Americas (also known as MI1) – the world’s largest interconnected network point gives customers greater access to cloud based and other connected services across Latin America and the rest of the world.

CEO António Nunes said: “The addition of more access points to our network, gives us wider market coverage and better content aggregation that can be delivered to our partners and customers at lower latencies.”

Reflecting on the recent outages experiences on the WACS and SAT-3 undersea cables, Nunes added that such incidents served to underline the importance of service providers having adequate redundancy and continuity measures in place to minimise the impact of such outages and the reduction in service capabilities to the end customer.

Angola Cables said international wholesale carriers will need to “step-up and make adequate provision to protect and manage their networks” as demand for capacity and data reaches record levels of usage and consumption.

Nunes added: “From our perspective we have long anticipated the growth in demand for capacity and data in the growing digital economy and have geared our cable network to meet the challenges associated with our digitally connected future.”