WIOCC has announced the interconnection of its network with that of Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, in order to meet the rapid growth in demand for cost-effective, high-quality, end-to-end connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world. “This strategic relationship with Global Crossing, with its comprehensive global network reach, significantly improves our ability to deliver end-to-end service to WIOCC customers in Africa and the rest of the world,” said WIOCC CEO Chris Wood.
“Our shareholders own terrestrial networks that interconnect 20 African countries over more than 50,000km of optical fibre, serving more than 400 African locations,” added WIOCC’s COO Ryan Sher. Global Crossing’s network reaches more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries across North America, Latin America and Europe. The two networks are interconnected in London, offering both service providers improved reach from their respective markets.
“EASSy represents the majority of the international capacity available on Africa’s east coast,” said Habib Issa, Global Crossing’s head of Carrier Sales for South Europe, Middle East and Africa. “WIOCC has unparalleled reach throughout eastern and southern Africa, and will play an important role in improving Internet connectivity throughout this region.”
With African consumers and businesses increasingly demanding improved access to data-rich services and Internet content originating outside the continent, the WIOCC/Global Crossing relationship benefits African telcos and ISPs by improving their ability to deliver cost-effective, high-speed connectivity with the rest of the world. International carriers looking for better connectivity into Africa can now take advantage of Global Crossing’s network as a convenient access mechanism for exchanging traffic directly with eastern and southern Africa using the WIOCC-EASSy cable and network.
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