China Telecom deploys PoP at Africa Data Centres’ South Africa facility

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Africa Data Centres has announced it has extended its partnership with China Telecom Global through the deployment of a China Telecom POP at Africa Data Centres’ data centre in South Africa. 

The company says that China Telecom will offer Africa Data Centres’ customers extended global connectivity and internet services through the PoP.

The data centre facility is located near the centre of South Africa’s business district, and has a design capacity of 14 MW, according to the company.

This is not a first for China Telecom as last year saw the company deploy its network nodes in Teraco’s data centres in Cape Town.

“Africa Data Centres has facilities located at Africa’s major regional business and trade hubs, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Kenya, and will be expanding its footprint to West Africa and North Africa, as well as other areas we believe, are emerging as the epicentre for Africa’s digital economy,” said Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres.

“China Telecom’s investment in Africa Data Centres’ points of presence means our customers can look forward to reliable, low-latency, worldwide connectivity, which will enable them to deploy their applications and workloads quickly and efficiently.

“China Telecom’s presence is more than just an addition to the growing list of carriers at our carrier-neutral Johannesburg data centre, it heralds the start of a long and fruitful relationship aimed at growing colocation services across the continent.”

Through its broader partnership with Africa Data Centres, the firm revealed that China Telecom will also be able to offer data centre colocation services to its customers in several countries in Africa.

“Africa is without a doubt one of the fastest-growing markets in the world,” said Changhai Liu, MD of China Telecom (Africa and Middle East).

“With over 50 countries in the region, Africa is an incredibly important market for China Telecom, and we hope this collaboration will help both us and Africa Data Centres better serve our customers in the region, as well as identify new business opportunities on the continent.”

In an exclusive interview with Data Economy, Duproz revealed that the company’s aim is to digitalise Africa in the long term, to execute a long-term industrial project, and interconnect its data centres all over the continent.

Source: Data Economy