Accra, Ghana, 09 July 2015 – Pan African telecommunications provider, Internet Solutions, today announced it is investing $15 million (fifteen million dollars) over the next three years to expand its network infrastructure to benefit all Ghanaians. The first phase of deployment will be in Accra, with future phases including Kumasi, Takoradi, Cape Coast and a number of other commercial hubs.
As the demand for more bandwidth increases, this state-of-the-art fibre optic network will have the required capacity to accommodate this growth.
"The expansion of our network enables Internet Solutions to meet the growing demand for data, and provision more services for our enterprises and government clients, to deliver services to their customers and citizens. We are all aware of the relationship between access to the Internet and economic growth. The deployment of this new network will enable us to bring more and more people and services online, which is vital to continued economic and social development for the country”, said Mrs. Yvette Adounvo Atekpe, Regional Managing Director of Internet Solutions Ghana.
The fibre optic network is fully compliant with the International Telecommunications Union standard (ITU-T SG15) for Fiber Optics build, and the Metro Ethernet Network Forum standards (MEF 2.0) compliance for Metro and Carrier Grade Ethernet networks.
Internet Solutions has partnered with Tejas Networks and Infratele Solutions Ghana Limited to build the Metro-Fibre Network. Under the terms of the contract, Infratele will build a Telecommunications Grade Metro Fibre network to span all the commercially viable areas in Accra. Tejas Networks will install its world class flagship ME 2.0 Core Optical Transport equipment (TJ1600) which supports WDM, Carrier Ethernet, TDM in a single core in five (5) Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in Accra, allowing easy connectivity and termination to all organisations within the Metropolis.
The network will complement the existing undersea cable systems by providing an access network equal to the task of disseminating the international capacity. The network will have an initial capacity of 400Gigabits per second (Gbps) in a self-healing fibre optic ring for resilience against network outages, plus it is expandable to 3.2 Terabits per second (Tbps) with minimal additional investment,” said Mr. George Gabla, Technology Operations Manager of Internet Solutions Ghana.
“Our partnership with Internet Solutions opens up a world of opportunities as it breaks the communication barriers in Ghana and the rest of Africa. We are fully committed to the development of a world class infrastructure throughout Sub-Saharan Africa with Internet Solutions. We are proud that Internet Solutions selected us to deliver on such an important project,” said Sanjay Nayak, CEO Tejas Networks Limited.
Metropolitan Ethernet (Metro Ethernet) refers to using carrier Ethernet technology in metropolitan networks. Corporations, academic institutions and government agencies in large cities use Metro Ethernet to connect branch campuses and offices to the Internet. In other words, Metro Ethernet connects business local area networks (LAN) and end users to wide are networks (WAN) or the Internet. Courtesy Techopedia.
About Internet Solutions
Internet Solutions (IS), a Division of Dimension Data and subsidiary of NTT is a Pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations. Internet Solutions have been providing innovative end-to-end ICT solutions and related services for more than 21 years. Internet Solutions, today is at the forefront of Internet Protocol-based technologies and builds solutions and services tailored to the increasingly complex demands of organisations across the enterprise, public sector, global carrier and small-to-medium business sectors. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group IS leverages its infrastructure and global footprint to support organisations with the rapid deployment of emerging technologies.
About Tejas Networks
Tejas Networks is a leading provider of end-to-end optical transport solutions to telecom service providers and is ranked amongst the top-ten companies in the global Optical aggregation market, with products deployed in over 60 countries. Its customers include telecom carriers (telcos) offering fixed telephony, mobile services, enterprise connectivity and ISP services. Tejas helps customers get Future Ready. Today. TM by enabling a smooth migration from legacy TDM to new-age packet based transport with minimal investment. Tejas has won many awards which include the TCOE Award of Excellence, Economic Times Innovative Telecom Product award, NASSCOM Innovation Award, ISA Best Electronic Product of the Year Award, Silicon India-Mentor Graphics Best Electronic System Design Company award and EFY Electronics Organization of the Year award. Tejas has also won the CSIR Diamond Jubilee Technology Award, which is India’s highest innovation award.
Infratele Solutions Group of companies is a leading Outside Station Plant (OSP) Contractor who has built several thousands of kilometers for all the Telcos in West Africa with aim to be focused in West Africa presence in Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Republic Du Niger and has implemented many projects in Ghana and for Ghana – Togo International connectivity. Infratele’s focus areas include Infrastructure Development related Services for Service Providers/Telecom Operators.
Tech-Centrum is an Information and Telecommunications industry consulting firm, delivering high quality networks and client focused solutions in the United States and Africa. Tech-Centrum engineers and supports communications solutions and systems integration, leveraging on its skilled local expertise to provide its clients the best of technologies and solutions to support their efficient and cost effective business operations. Tech-Centrum partners with local operators providing advanced Technology skill transfer and related Services.