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02.04.2014 Africa

IS Enters The Terabit Era With The Deployment Of Infinera Technology

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Johannesburg, South Africa – 2 April 2014 – Internet Solutions (IS), a pan-African telecommunications provider has today announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X platform across the company's South African long distance fibre network. This is the first deployment of its kind for South Africa and the African continent and will deliver businesses with the simplicity, scalability, and efficiency that it requires from a fibre network. As a result, Internet Solutions is now able to react to changing business demands and requirements, as well as provision bandwidth capacities, much faster than ever before.

“With this deployment of Infinera's DTN-X platform, Internet Solutions is able to light up high-bandwidth capacity on our 2000km fibre network” says Prenesh Padayachee, Chief Technology Officer at Internet Solutions. “This also allows us end-to-end control over our fibre deployments which ultimately gives us full control over every aspect of our fibre networks” adds Padayachee.

Businesses will also benefit from the capacity boost that is inherent within Infinera's 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) FlexCoherent super-channels platform – this includes the management of redundancy that is critical for uninterrupted connectivity services. Utilising some of the more advanced features on the DTN-X platform, Internet Solutions is now also able to provision protected circuits to clients at the telco infrastructure layer. These protected circuits provide additional connectivity protection and security, and it allows Internet Solutions to provision back-up fibre routes to clients directly.

With the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X platform, Internet Solutions has a total capacity of 8 Tb/s (terabits per second) on its fibre backbone. “We believe that South Africa's bandwidth requirements will triple in the next year and the demand for bandwidth intensive applications and services will increase beyond anything that we have seen to date” says Padayachee. “With this technology, we will be able to deploy additional bandwidth intensive services such as content distribution services and replication services for disaster recovery, without cost constraints, and which are critical for businesses wanting to ensure that no data is lost across its servers or network.”

As the SDN (Software Defined Networks) era advances, Internet Solutions will also be looking to provide both clients and the wholesale market with the ability to create and control their own virtual network without actually owning any part of the Layer 1 infrastructure. This is a possibility with the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solution. “For Internet Solutions, this deployment of Infinera's cutting-edge network technology will enable us to differentiate ourselves and our services from other ICT providers. This is particularly important as we scale our network to meet the growing industry demand” adds Padayachee.

About Internet Solutions
Internet Solutions is a pan-African communications services provider of IP-based connectivity, communication, data centre and carrier services. The company is Southern Africa's most established and experienced Internet Service Provider. Since 1993 Internet Solutions has been providing innovative end-to-end connectivity solutions and related services across the African continent. Delivering services across the African market and for African clients into the global market, IS provides services to large public and private sector organisations, medium sized organisations, across the African continent and to African clients into the global market. Internet Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dimension Data, part of the NTT Group.

About Infinera
Infinera provides Intelligent Transport Networks to help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and data center connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology to deliver large scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and the application of PICs to vertically integrated optical networking solutions that deliver the industry's only commercially available 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels. Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solutions include the DTN-X, DTN and ATN platforms. Find more at

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