More Africa NewsAngola: ITA invests to grow Africa’s connectivity capabilities with new IXP

July 24, 2020by myles0

Internet Technologies Angola, S.A (ITA), part of the Paratus Africa Group, in partnership with AAPSI (Angola Association of Internet Service Providers) have invested in its network infrastructure by establishing a new interconnection node in Angola hosted in the ITA Data Center, known as the Angola IXP (Internet Exchange Point).

The Angola IXP is a redistribution point that allows the interconnection and exchange of data between different network operators providing digital content and services. It is the perfect solution for local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and businesses who want to offer their customers reliable, fast and affordable network connectivity services through a single interconnection point.

The IXP is hosted in the modern and secure ITA Data Center, an additional multimillion-dollar investment by ITA. The IXP contains network switches that route local internet traffic between different network operators and eases congested internet pathways. Since traffic is routed through a centralised point instead of expensive international links, it significantly reduces costs of transit connections and enhances network performance.

These efficiencies work collaboratively to ensure faster speed and reduced latency for businesses peering at the IXP.

“The ability to improve interconnection between local telecommunications operators is crucial to the technical and economic growth of Angola as well as the entire Internet community”, says engineer Silvio Almada, president of AAPSI. The Angola IXP is thus vital to the development of a digital transformation strategy among local internet service providers as it attracts a range of local and international operators.

General Manager of ITA, Francisco Pinto Leite explained that by investing in national and international connectivity in the region, it further propels Angola to become a data HUB in Africa. This enables operators and ISPs in Angola to benefit from an expansive and resilient network of telecommunications services in Africa.

ITA remains steadfast in its vision of pushing the limits to ensure it continues to build and grow Africa’s connectivity capabilities.

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About General Manager, Francisco Leite

Bachelor in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications and Master in Project Management, Eng. Francisco Pinto Leite, in his more than 30 years of professional experience, has built a solid and successful career in the telecommunications sector through companies such as Sistec and MSTelcom. Currently, he acts as General Manager of ITA, the largest and most reliable private corporate telecommunications and information technology in Angola.

About Angola IXP

The Angola IXP is a node that allows interconnection and exchange of data between different network operators and entities providing digital content and services. The vision of AAPSI to create a new and modern node housed in the ITA Data Center will bring technical and economic benefits to Angola and the internet community, with the dynamism of connectivity, increased capacity and redundancy for national connections, promoting Angolan content in Africa and vice versa. This will also attract content providers to the country such as: YouTube, Facebook, Akamai and Microsoft, to mention only a few.

About ITA

ITA (Internet Technologies Angola) was founded in 2005 and currently has more than 170 highly qualified professionals. It invests heavily in training its national staff complement, which in turn results in excellent customer service. Its technical teams are specialised in data and telecommunications networks. Over the past 15 years, ITA has grown exponentially and has become the largest private operator in the sector. ITA is a provider of integrated and highly reliable telecommunications solutions, providing Internet, VPN MPLS, data centre solutions, Cloud solutions and voice. ITA is a founding member of the Paratus Africa Group.

About Paratus

Paratus Africa is a multinational telecommunications and information technology company, which has a single-point service network across Africa, providing connectivity services, voice, data centre and cloud solutions in more than 20 African countries through its affiliated companies and an extensive network of partners. It has operational offices in Angola (ITA), Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

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