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CMC Networks solve African cross-border cloud connectivity issues

CMC Networks, a global telecommunications carrier, says Teraco’s Africa Cloud Exchange will play an important role in its recently launched Multi Cloud Connect solution, enabling its customers direct connection to AWS Direct Connect and Microsoft Azure Express Route cloud platforms across multiple countries in Africa.

Marisa Trisolino, CEO, CMC Networks, says that as the largest pan-African provider of connectivity, the collaboration with Teraco is crucial to Multi Cloud Connects success: “By providing the essential building blocks, the Africa Cloud Exchange greatly assists us to provide our customers with the most direct and best possible cloud experience across the continent with stringent service levels to suit.”

Multi Cloud Connect will enable much sought-after connectivity for African countries trying to connect to cloud regions located in South Africa: “This is a significant offering that enables African ISP’s and carriers to connect directly without having to route to Europe and back to Africa. Leveraging CMC’s extensive African footprint Multi Cloud Connect will also drastically reduce latency through the African Cloud Exchange,” says Trisolino.

Having first engaged with Teraco over ten years ago through its carrier neutral data centre offering and NAPAfrica, Africa’s largest Internet eXchange point, Trisolino says CMC Networks has offered hosting services and peering diversity to a multitude of its customers.

The acceleration of cloud adoption, she says, spurred the company on to develop a cloud offering utilising its existing relationships: “We believe the nature of the Africa Cloud Exchange will encourage and lead to increased cloud innovation. It is an outstanding platform and will support us to achieve our strategic cloud objective, which centres on solving cross-border cloud connectivity problems throughout Africa.”

Andrew Owens, Teraco peering and interconnection specialist, says that Africa Cloud Exchange improves hybrid and multi-cloud performance through direct interconnection: “We empower our carrier communities to do more in the cloud by providing secure, direct, flexible network connections to a wide range of local and global cloud service providers.” By using an interconnected network architecture approach, Owens says that Africa Cloud Exchange will improve cloud application performance, reduce latency, scale on demand, lower network costs, and visibly deliver a better cloud experience to end users.

Trisolino is excited about the burgeoning cloud prospects across Africa. Having established itself close to 30 years ago, CMC Networks built and manages the most extensive network across Africa with 80+ Points of Presence servicing 51 African countries and in excess of 108 Points of Presence globally across USA, Europe, UAE, India, Asia, and Australia.

“The cloud era is a very exciting one for us. With our significant Africa network, Cloud Connect will undoubtedly play a vital role in the growth and improvement of cloud adoption across the African continent,” says Trisolino.

Countries that can expect sub 100ms RTD include Angola, Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

Berkshire Partners to invest in Teraco Data Environments

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Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s leading provider of colocation data centre infrastructure, has announced that Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the company. The Permira funds, an existing shareholder, will remain a significant investor.

 

Based in Johannesburg and established in 2008, Teraco is the largest provider of data centre services in Africa. The company offers vendor-neutral colocation and other related services in secure and resilient data centres. The Permira funds initially backed a Teraco management buyout in December 2014 and in that time the business has multiplied its capacity more than six times. The company operates five high-quality facilities with 30MW of critical power load serving more than 450 clients, including global internet companies, across five core ecosystems – telecoms, managed service providers, content, enterprise and financial services. With more than 13,500 interconnects, Teraco’s data centres are the most interconnected facilities in Africa, allowing clients to connect directly to each other, to the onramps of all major cloud providers, as well as to the continent’s largest and fastest growing Internet Exchange Point, NAPAfrica.

 

The data centre market in Africa is poised for continued strong growth with increasing demand for global applications, content, and the accelerating adoption of cloud services. Teraco has built a strategic position to capture this regional opportunity as a trusted and secure partner with resilient data centre facilities built to international standards.

 

Jan Hnizdo, Managing Director of Teraco, said, “Berkshire Partners is a like-minded and committed long-term partner that shares our vision for the future: to continue to invest in world-class data centre facilities, allowing us to support the digital interconnected enterprise, and meeting the high standards of service that are expected from us. Over the next few years, we aim to double our installed critical power load from 30MW to 60MW and we look forward to working closely with Berkshire Partners on this ambitious growth journey.”

 

Larry Hamelsky, a managing director at Berkshire Partners, said, “We believe that Teraco is exceptionally well-positioned to capitalise on the fast growth of the Sub-Saharan data centre infrastructure market given its highly interconnected ecosystems, well-designed facilities, and ability to offer a wide array of deployments. We are thrilled to be partnering with Teraco’s talented management team to support the company’s continued success.”

 

Michail Zekkos, partner at Permira, added, “The past four years have been a transformational journey for Teraco, and we are very pleased to have played a role in growing the business, expanding its ecosystem, and delivering such strong results. We remain very committed to Teraco and the management team – something that is underscored by our funds’ continuing investment – and we are excited about bringing in a new partner to support further expansion. Continued secular demand driven by Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital transformation, the early stages of outsourcing, and cloud penetration means that the future looks very positive for Teraco, and we look forward to supporting the team.”

 

Lex Van Wyk, chief executive officer of Teraco said: “Berkshire Partners has prior experience investing in data centres and appreciates the business that we have built. We are delighted to welcome them as our new majority shareholder. In addition, with the Permira funds staying on as a shareholder, there remains continuity in the shareholder base. It is business as usual for the employees and management team of Teraco, and more importantly, for our clients.” 

 

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and the customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

SACS Cable to boost connectivity in Africa via Teraco Data Centres

Teraco, Africa’s largest vendor neutral colocation data centre provider has said that clients currently making use of its data centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg are set to benefit from the cross connection to the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) – Africa’s first transatlantic link connecting Africa to the Americas.

Owned by Angola Cables, the new subsea network provides the most direct routing for internet traffic across the Atlantic and according to Teraco, will bring immense opportunity for clients within the data centre.

“This is an exciting development and includes much needed investment into local infrastructure. Built with a direct purpose to boost business in South Africa, SACS will provide improved connectivity and significantly lower latency routing between Africa and the Americas,” says Jan Hnizdo, Teraco managing director.

Offering five times the speed of existing cable routings and an improvement of up to 60%, SACS reduces latency from Fortaleza (Brazil) to Luanda (Angola) from 350ms to 63ms; Luanda is connected with the some latency to London and to Miami of approximately 128 milliseconds, the link from Miami to Cape Town has been reduced to 163ms – from 338ms in the past prior to SACS.

When asked about the main benefits of the system, Angola Cables’ CEO, Antonio Nunes said that latency is a global issue, especially in the era of software driven services. “SACS has the capabilities to dramatically improve this – and at the same time Angola Cables is bringing new routes to Africa with a lot of available capacity.”

The Angola Cables submarine network is already providing Teraco’s data centres in South Africa with direct connectivity to Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, but also to Miami giving Teraco’s DC clients a premium opportunity to connect and share digital content with the America continent.

Nunes says, “The SACS southern hemisphere, ultra-low latency routings presents a massive opportunity for Teraco’s direct clients’ to access fast and reliable cross connections between Africa and the Americas.”

Hnizdo added that SACS will be a great contributor to increased economic growth as this new system compliments the European route: “Having a southern-based cabling system is also good as a contingency plan. SACS provides not only an alternative, but a cost effective option to access regions that were previously difficult to reach.”

“As Teraco grows its market presence across carrier, content, cloud and enterprise sectors, our clients will benefit from the latency and diversity offered by the subsea cable systems now available. Access to the Americas has never been easier and we look forward to an increase in transatlantic traffic fully utilising the SACS cable system that is built on 100Gig technology.”

 

China Telecom Global selects Teraco Data Environments as location for its inter-connection hub

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China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited (CTMEA), the Middle East and Africa subsidiary of China Telecom Global (CTG), one of the world’s largest providers of integrated telecommunication services, recently announced that it is establishing an inter-connection network and telecommunications hub to support growing traffic demands at Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre.

CTMEA has established its network nodes in Teraco’s data centres in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg since 2012, which provide the inter-connecting hub linking the global internet resources into the African continent. Teraco’s advanced data centre services will be bundled with CTG’s information communication technology (ICT) solutions which will cater to the increasing demands from the world going into Africa, especially expansion from Asia Pacific IT Companies into Africa.

Teraco has Tier III+ data centres in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg with facilities for multi-national companies to co-locate their servers. The new cooperation allows multi-national companies to subscribe Teraco’s co-location services bundled with CTG’s ICT and connectivity solutions.

“Our customers in China and Asia-Pacific region will now find it even more convenient to subscribe to a reliable, trusted and high-quality co-location and connectivity services from Teraco and China Telecom Global,” said Changhai Liu, managing director of CTMEA. “Our co-operation immediately builds higher confidence among our customers, so they can focus on their business operations and leave their hosting, colocation and inter-connection requirements to us. We have long been focusing on the Africa market and this closer co-operation with Teraco further enhances our competitiveness in the Middle East and Africa with a strong and like-minded partner in Southern Africa we can rely on.”

Teraco offers its clients vendor-neutral, resilient data centre facilities and the lowest latency interconnection points to cloud and content. Its data centres offer a secure, guaranteed 99.999 per cent up-time environment. Teraco has also been focused on growing its ecosystems of telco, content, financial services, enterprise and internet service providers over the past decade. Its offering is underpinned by providing clients with direct access to Africa’s largest Internet exchange, NAPAfrica, which includes all the benefits of interconnection via the Teraco platform.

Jan Hnizdo, director at Teraco said, “Teraco has been investing to expand our data centre facilities with additional capacity and floor space to meet increasing demands from enterprises and from the surge in cloud computing uptake. Our relationship with China Telecom Global opens up African opportunities for Chinese content and applications, which means a growing network and higher communications traffic in the African region to the East. A digital transformation is happening across the sub-Saharan Africa region, with this development clients are able to leverage the most advanced, cost-effective data centre and ICT solutions from both companies.”

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