Global Crossing expands in South Africa

Internet Solutions Pty. Ltd. (IS) has signed an agreement with international telecoms company, Global Crossing Ltd., for a bilateral MPLS VPN footprint. Under the agreement, SA customers of IS will have access to Global Crossing's global, IP-based network, and Global Crossing's international customers will have access to MPLS-based services in this country.

"MPLS is fast becoming the de facto protocol for corporate connectivity, enabling not only bandwidth efficiencies, security and multiple classes of service, but also more attractive pricing," says Todd Schoeman, international VPN product manager for IS. "As local companies extend the reach of their businesses internationally, their communications requirements increase. The reverse is true for companies based outside of SA, who need connectivity into the country. From a local perspective, this offers local companies a single solution provider for all their international managed services."

"Using Global Crossing's iMPLS service allows both companies the commercial flexibility to expand their footprint and service offering with minimal capital expenditure and reduced time to market compared with a network build strategy," says Rob de Ruig, director, new business development, Global Crossing. "We are excited to be pushing the boundaries of technology and taking MPLS one step further. Interoperability is the way forward in today's telecom environment and we foresee this being a growth market for us."

According to IS, the service level agreements (SLAs) signed by both companies are particularly stringent, as one would expect at a global partnership level.

Says Schoeman: "This bilateral agreement is the first of its kind in SA and another first for IS. Global Crossing is a world-class, global company, and we are delighted to count it as a partner. The agreement ensures first-class, reliable and experienced seamless services for users of both companies."

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