Countries in East Africa are set to benefit from greater access to global data networks after WIOCC, a provider of wholesale capacity in East Africa, interconnected its network with that of international IP provider Global Crossing.
The agreement will give WIOCC, which is the largest shareholder in the Eassy submarine cable system, access to Global Crossing’s Tier 1 MPLS network, allowing it to extend its customers’ connectivity in countries where it previously lacked coverage.
The deal also enhances Global Crossing’s ability to deliver high-performance Tier 1 Internet connectivity to carriers and enterprise locations throughout east and southern Africa.
Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC, said the deal would improve the company’s ability to deliver end-to-end services to customers in Africa and the rest of the world.
“We already offer the only direct fibre-optic route between east Africa and Europe, and with this new agreement in place we now have the capability to extend our reach to even more points. Eassy represents the majority of the international capacity available on Africa’s east coast,” he said.
Habib Issa, Global Crossing’s head of carrier sales for South Europe, Middle East and Africa, added that the agreement would extend his company’s reach in Africa.
Through the EASSy cable system, WIOCC has access to Africa’s eastern coast as well as 10 landlocked countries including Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia and Lesotho, while onward connectivity to Europe and beyond is provided through multiple interconnect points with other fibre-optic systems.
Global Crossing reaches more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries across North America, Latin America and Europe.
The two networks are now interconnected in London, offering both service providers improved reach from their respective markets.
Eassy is a 10,000km, 4.72Tbps subsea fibre-optic cable that runs along the east coast of Africa and has landing stations from South Africa to Port Sudan.