Monday, July 09, 2012

WACS carries traffic in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has rolled out a bouquet of services running on its all new ultra-high capacity submarine cable, West African Cable System (WACS). The services are being rolled out and managed by MTN Business, a division of MTN focused on business-to-business solutions. The 17,200 km submarine cable system courses from Europe through West Africa to South Africa. This Service was made commercially available in May, 2012.

“We are now in a position to offer large organisations and SMEs reliable high capacity connectivity for all their needs,” declared Mr. Babatunde Osho, Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer, MTN Nigeria, in a press statement released in Lagos. “We have capacity to provide high quality, low latency internet access to wholesalers such as ISPs, Internet Bandwidth Resellers and Carriers, as well as end-users anywhere in the country.”

Mr. Osho explained that WACS has 15 landing stations along its route, putting MTN in a vantage position to deliver International Private Leased Circuits to additional locations worldwide. He added that MTN has a unique advantage which no other cable has, of a pre-existing extensive terrestrial Internet Protocol (IP) and broadband backbone infrastructure, enabling the company to deliver high grade and highly-available Internet capacity to anywhere and everywhere in Nigeria.

Mr. Osho expressed the belief that WACS would bring the much-needed boost to the growth of many businesses whose requirements for data have continued to be on the rise in the last few years.

The West African Cable System (WACS) is a consortium of 11 network operators across 15 countries with MTN being the single biggest investor in the group. WACS connects South Africa with the United Kingdom along the West Coast of Africa, landing in South Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde as well as the Canary Islands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

MTN Business will continue to provide world class ICT solutions that will enable large corporations and small and medium scale enterprises, serve their customers better. The coming of WACS is yet another way of keeping our promises.” says Osho.

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