Telkom’s investment in the upgrade of SAT-3/WASC/SAFE Submarine Cable System enhances customer experience
Telkom’s Chief Technology Officer, Alphonzo Samuels, today announced that
the company has contributed to the fourth upgrade of SAT-3/WASC/SAFE submarine
cable system. “This cable upgrade further addresses the global capacity
demands such as fast internet connectivity, data-hungry applications, high-quality
video-on-demand and increasing social media usage, thus enhancing customer
experience,” said Samuels.
SAT-3/WASC cable system has been upgraded from 420 Gb/s in the northern
segments to 920 Gb/s and from 340 Gb/s in the southern segments to 800
Gb/s. SAT-3/WASC is currently operated with full in-system protection and
the doubling of the capacity continues to position this cable as one of
the leaders on the Sub-Saharan African coastline.
Offering one of the lowest latency routes from Africa to Europe, this
SAT-3/WASC upgrade caters for much-needed high-speed connectivity. With
sixteen landing points spread between Europe, Africa and Asia, the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE
cables provide access to global markets and footprint, offering customers
seamless and diverse connectivity to the rest of the world.
Telkom’s participation in this initiative further demonstrates commitment
to remain customer-centric and cost-effective by working with the renowned
submarine cable consortium, thereby being able to offer premium solutions
at reduced costs. Furthermore, through its state-of-the art domestic and
global infrastructure and highly-skilled personnel, Telkom offers the benefit
of peace of mind and quality while taking care of customers’ needs.
Telkom’s extensive experience in the provisioning of submarine cable services
in the specialist areas of network administrator, network operations centre
and submarine cable procurement and management, has placed the Company
at the forefront of the S3WS cable upgrade project. Together with the other
consortium members, Telkom has ensured an optimal implementation period
that resulted in the upgrade completion in time to meet the ongoing customer
desire for increased speed & bandwidth.
Telkom’s direct ownership and investment in EASSy, WACS, EIG, S3WS, SMW3
and Columbus-3 cable systems allows it to package solutions using diverse
routes to the rest of the world. Additionally, the Company has three key
submarine cable gateways at Mtunzini, Melkbosstrand and Yzerfontein which
serves as formidable gateway redundancy in South Africa. With Telkom carriers
and retailers have a wide choice of digital connectivity.
Telkom is proud to be South Africa’s leading provider of ICT
wholesale facilities, services and solutions.