In a move aimed at responding to a growing demand for cloud-based services and bandwidth from customers, Liquid Telecom has collaborated with Huawei to increase the speeds of links to 100G to its South African network.
The subsidiary of Econet Global said on Wednesday that the 100G link will support growing demand for cloud-based services and provide customers with high-speed access to Liquid Telecom’s data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Both data centres are currently undergoing major expansions to meet the needs of global cloud players and enterprise customers.
Liquid Telecoms has teamed up with Huawei to upgrade to 100G wavelengths using the latest DWDM technology Telecom to offer additional capacity, faster speeds, and greater redundancy to customers across South Africa. DWDW (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) is an optical multiplexing technology used to increase bandwidth over existing fibre networks.
The firm is also planning in the future to extend the DWDM core network to the north west then north-east regions of South Africa, providing more enterprise and wholesale customers in South Africa with high bandwidth connectivity.
The first phase of the project will see Liquid Telecom deploy Huawei’s OptiX OSN Solution along 1200km of its long-haul network connecting Johannesburg and Cape Town. OptiX OSN Solution is Huawei’s next-generation core packet-optical OTN platform for 100G/400G/1T and beyond, which is used for building high-performance backbone and metro networks. It integrates Huawei’s advanced Packet, OTN, and SDN-oriented Optics Transport technologies, and offers a high-density architecture with ultra-low power consumption per bit.
“Higher networks speeds and bandwidth will play an integral role in supporting the rise of the African cloud. Through our partnership with Huawei, Liquid Telecom is ensuring that its network is ready to meet the increasing demand from businesses for cloud-based services,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO: Liquid Telecom.
In addition, the network upgrades will support Liquid Telecom’s new CloudConnect for Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service, which enables customers to create private, predictable, high performance, SLA-based connections between Azure data centres and infrastructure on their premises or in a colocation environment.
“We are delighted to be supporting Liquid Telecom with next-generation network technologies that are ready for the new cloud era,” said Li Peng, president of Huawei Southern Africa region.
“The deployment of our OptiX OSN solution in South Africa further demonstrates our technology expertise and commitment to deliver innovative optical transmission solutions.”