South Africa’s Neotel chooses Cisco for Carrier Ethernet IP network

June 23, 2010
JUNE 23, 2010 -- Cisco says that Neotel South Africa, majority owned by Tata Communications, has enhanced its Internet Protocol next-generation network (IP NGN) to offer new business services based on the Cisco Carrier Ethernet system. This upgrade is driven by increasing customer demand in South Africa for video, mobile, and cloud services on a single network infrastructure, Cisco says.

JUNE 23, 2010 -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) says that Neotel South Africa, majority owned by Tata Communications, has enhanced its Internet Protocol next-generation network (IP NGN) to offer new business services based on the Cisco Carrier Ethernet system. This upgrade is driven by increasing customer demand in South Africa for video, mobile, and cloud services on a single network infrastructure, Cisco says.

Neotel connects the major centers in South Africa to each other and to the world, directly linking the country into Tata Communications' global Tier 1 network. Neotel has more than 4,000 km of fiber in the metro Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban regions, enabling the company to grow its premier business services in these key centers. The implementation of a Cisco Carrier Ethernet system with service-performance parameters has reduced system validation and deployment times for new revenue-generating services, the systems provider asserts.

"As the first converged communications network operator in South Africa, the largest metro Ethernet provider in southern Africa, and part of the global Tata Communications network, we are well positioned to deliver advanced video, cloud, and mobile services to residential, business, and wholesale customers,” says Angus Hay, CTO, Neotel South Africa. “These new Carrier Ethernet enhancements support Neotel's objective to become one of Africa's leading service providers."

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