Phase One of MTN’s Long Distance Optic Network Goes Live
MTN has announced tha tits 5 000 km national long-distance fibre-optic network is nearing completion with over 90% of the total route trenching on the first route – between Germiston and Durban – and 50% of the fibre floating already completed.
The project – which will connect major city centres across the country – is a key milestone in MTN’s network footprint. The network was designed and optimized to link population centers and economic hubs, as well as connect with the international submarine cable landing sites. Thus far, major MTN nodes in New Germany and Durban, have gone live on the MTN network.
“We are excited about the two major nodes that have gone live as they are designed to accommodate significant capacity, thus enabling MTN to cater for additional customers in the area, where incremental capacity can also be used to service corporate customers with dedicated hosted and converged solutions,” MTN’s chief technology officer (CTO) Kanagaratnam Lambotharan said.
The historic project, which began in 2009, marked one of the largest collaborations –bringing together Neotel, MTN and Vodacom – in the South African telecommunications industry. The network will connect directly with MTN’s international cable assets, thereby allowing for Tier 1 Internet backbone access and high quality connectivity with other MTN operations across Africa and the Middle East.
“This allows for quality improvement and service innovation whereby the network creates a robust infrastructure to support fixed mobile converged services and the growing needs of bandwidth intensive content,” Lambotharan added.