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[April 05, 2014]
South Africa : INTERNET SOLUTIONS invested in R60 million from INFINERA [TendersInfo (India)]
(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dimension Data s Internet Solution has invested R60 million in advanced new fibre-optic networking infrastructure from Infinera that has increased its capacity nationwide seven-fold, with the ability to grow that by 150-fold without forklifting hardware.
The deal with Infinera has seen Internet Solutions use the technology along FibreCo s fibre-optic route between Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and East London.
With Cell C and Convergence Partners, Internet Solutions owns a one-third stake in Fibre Co.
It also built infrastructure to serve the route from Johannesburg to Cape Town, a fibre route built by a consortium made up of Neotel, Vodacom and MTN.
Infinera investment allows the service provider to increase bandwidth as needed, especially as fibre is deployed in new parts of the country.
The company considered 6 vendors before settling on the Infinera solution. There was an 8 month evaluation period. The technology allows Internet Solutions to use large amounts of bandwidth seamlessly.
Internet Solutions is using Infinera s 500Gbit/s super-channel equipment, where fibre channels are combined, offering backbone speeds of up to 8Tbit/s, using a technology based on photonic integrated circuits .
To put that capacity in context, 8Tbit/s of bandwidth is sufficient to carry 1,2m high-definition movies simultaneously. It is also more than the entire capacity of the Internet in 2005.
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