By Staff Writer
Internet Solutions, a pan-African telecommunications service provider, has deployed the company’s first Point of Presence (PoP) in Madagascar. Further expanding their African footprint, Internet Solutions has also commissioned a second PoP in Zambia.
Internet Solutions now has 68 PoPs in 16 African markets, with operating offices in South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, as well as international PoPs.
“We can boast a significant managed services network on the continent because of our investment in both infrastructure assets and partnerships with trusted, in-country service providers,” says Murray Steyn, executive head: Wholesale at Internet Solutions.
“This, along with our in-depth market intelligence, means we are able to deliver scalable, tailored ICT services across Africa and now also in Madagascar.”
Co-locating with Airtel Madagascar and NetOne in Zambia, Internet Solutions’ PoPs provide clients with access to local Internet networks in each country without the need to identify and contract with local Internet service providers (ISPs).
The resulting benefits of network redundancy and streamlined provision of service is particularly attractive to global carriers and multinational companies that manage complex networks intersecting several African markets.
“Deploying PoPs in Madagascar and Zambia is in direct response to business prospects anticipated by our existing clients, particularly in the retail and telecoms industries, and our own expectations of economic development in these countries,” says Steyn.
Real GDP growth is steadily increasing in both Madagascar and Zambia, according to African Economic Outlook. Telecommunication infrastructure and service is increasing alongside. A national fibre network is currently being installed in Madagascar, while as of 2016, there were 22 licenced ISPs in Zambia.
“At Internet Solutions, we believe that the Internet drives business and economic growth for local and international enterprises, individual countries, and whole geographic regions,” says Steyn.
“This is why we continue to invest in our ability to offer robust ICT infrastructure and services that connects global network operators, multinational enterprises and local ISPs to Africa.”