Windhoek, Namibia – 09 February 2022: Last February, Paratus announced that it had entered into an agreement with Google to be the landing partner for the Equiano cable in Namibia. The agreement includes the construction and management of a cable landing station at Swakopmund for the Equiano subsea cable. Paratus has already completed the build and is on track with its aggressive expansion to provide Namibia and the continent with increased capacity on its quality network.
The landing station was completed in June last year. The internal fit – including power, cabling cabinets, conduits, raceways, cages, and security – was completed in January 2022. The landing station is now ready to accommodate the cable, which is due to land in the second quarter of 2022.
The Paratus contract included the building to house the termination of the cable from the ocean to the landing station where it is connected to the network equipment that lights up the fiber so that it may carry data. The cable’s landing station is also a meeting point for other operators and customers to collect and distribute their capacity.
The Equiano cable is expected to be ready for service in the fourth quarter of 2022. Paratus has been heavily investing in building the infrastructure to provide better connectivity and deliver unlimited quality networks to the southern African region. Paratus Namibia MD, Andrew Hall says: “This cable provides a massive 20 times more network capacity than the previous cable. It also, importantly, provides an alternative service to Namibia and the rest of SADC, which in turn enhances redundancy to ensure network stability and vastly improved uptime. This is great news for both businesses and consumers across the region and represents just one intervention in our overall growth strategy to provide quality connectivity services to Africa, unlimiting the potential of business and individuals on the continent.”
Paratus is a leading pan-African full-service network operator with operations in six SADC countries. The business’s extended network provides a satellite connectivity-focused service in 28 African countries to a multitude of customer satellite connections across Africa. The additional capacity offered by the Equiano cable, the largest on the African continent, further strengthens the Paratus SADC footprint and European network connection, and supports the operator’s long-term growth strategy.
About Paratus Namibia
Based in Windhoek, Paratus Namibia is part of the Paratus Group, a pan-African network operator. Paratus offers the private and corporate sectors various access technologies such as fiber, microwave, fixed as well as mobile LTE. These are all provided on a stable, reliable, and unlimited network that is scalable and provides redundancy, disaster recovery and network diversity to ensure maximum uptime. Paratus Namibia also hosts its own Earth station, linked to the fiber backbone, allowing capacity to be distributed countrywide.
In delivering Africa’s quality network, Paratus Namibia thinks big and believes passionately in the potential of Africa. The company is investing in infrastructure and in delivering unlimited reliable and affordable connectivity which, in turn, will help unlock Africa’s potential.
Paratus is Africa’s quality network. With an eye on the future, the group is investing in infrastructure and establishing itself as a key player in delivering integrated network services across Africa. Paratus is managed by a passionate and professional operational team in six African countries – Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia – and the business’s extended network provides a satellite connectivity-focused service in 28 African countries to a magnitude of customer satellite connections across Africa. This connects African businesses across the continent and delivers end-to-end service excellence. The group’s footprint extends beyond Africa to international (points of presence) PoPs in Europe and the US.
Born and bred in Africa, Paratus is thinking big as it grows its footprint to deliver Africa’s quality network. By understanding the unique opportunities that Africa offers businesses and individuals to break boundaries and to connect without limits, Paratus is committed to raising the bar for providing quality connectivity in Africa.
Issued by Wired Communications on behalf of Paratus Africa
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