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Teraco boosts regional interconnection with MÉTISS cable


ÉTISS a 3,200 kilometre subsea fibre optic cable system connecting South Africa to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar , Reunion and Mauritius has boosted regional interconnection . The availability of a new cable servicing the Indian Ocean Islands region widens the addressable market for content and cloud providers in South Africa and adds new resilience to the existing telecommunications infrastructure .
The MÉTISS consortium comprises Canal + Télécom , CEB Fibernet , Emtel , Zeop and SRR ( SFR ) Telma . The MÉTISS cable lands in Amanzimtoti and is backhauled by Liquid Telecoms to Teraco ’ s data centre in Durban ( DB1 ).
With MÉTISS consortium members having infrastructure in both the Teraco Durban ( DB1 ) and Johannesburg ( JB1 ) data centre facilities , the Indian Ocean Islands have direct access to Teraco ’ s ecosystem of over 300 networks , 130 IT service providers , 50 global content providers and the key global cloud providers said Michele McCann , Head , Interconnection and Peering , Teraco .
MÉTISS provides global telecoms organisations , multinationals and enterprises with interests in the region with the reliable services and capacities to empower their digital strategies .
“ The cable brings connectivity across regions that were previously hard to reach .
Through Teraco , access to this cable is an interconnect away and in keeping with our tagline , ‘ the world connects here ’, we are very proud to play such a pivotal role in the success of this cable system ,” said McCann .
Peeringat Africa ’ s largest Internet exchange , NAPAfrica , is now also possible for the island region and brings many benefits including : reduced latency , network fault tolerance , reliable exchange of traffic , increased routing control and improved network performance .
Interconnection and peering successfully addresses a growing need for more bandwidth but at the lowest possible latency . This also needs to be done cost-effectively . The MÉTISS cable system will enable further interconnection within the Indian Ocean Islands region and the growth of its digital economy . Teraco makes it easy and accessible for everyone to connect within the data centre and immediately benefit .
Situated on Durban ’ s north coast , Teraco DB1 is a strategic interconnection hub on the African subsea cable map with access to MÉTISS and the cable systems of Seacom and EASSy that are already accessible from the facility . Teraco ’ s DB1 facility is connected to the JB1 Campus in Isando , Johannesburg through a wide choice of carriers , via diverse regional fibre routes . It will allow clients to increase the number of partners they connect with and expand their reach into new markets . •