London, UK, and Ebene, Mauritius – 16th October 2014 - NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the global data and IP services arm of Fortune Global 500 telecom leader NTT (NYSE: NTT), announced today that it has been selected by Liquid Telecom to supply IP Transit services to support the increasing demand for bandwidth in the African Market.
Simon Waller, Head of Global IP Network Sales in EMEA for NTT Com, said, “We are delighted to have been selected by Liquid Telecom for the provision of IP Transit. Liquid Telecom provides vital Internet access to ISPs and content providers throughout the African continent and therefore have extremely high expectations for service quality. We look forward to exceeding these expectations”
According to new data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Forecast Service, Africa is expected to lead the world in international bandwidth demand growth in the coming years. Africa’s international bandwidth demand is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 51% between 2012 and 2019. At this rate, African demand would outpace that of both Latin America and the Middle East, which are each projected to rise 37% annually. It is this projected growth in traffic that makes this partnership so exciting for both parties.
Andrew Alston, Head of IP Strategy at Liquid Telecom, said, "Demand for IP capacity on our pan-African fibre network continues to grow above and beyond global forecasts for Africa. NTT Com is a reliable supplier which will provide us with high-quality IP Transit to and from the Global Internet across all continents. Liquid Telecom shares NTT Com’s IPv6 pioneering vision, with IPv6 rolled out fully across our entire African Backbone.”
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 196 countries/regions, and over 130 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.
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About The Liquid Telecom Group
Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.
Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest single fibre network which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town, currently spanning over 17,000km across borders and covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies, where no fixed network has existed before.
Liquid Telecom’s network provides connectivity onto the five main subsea cable systems landing in Africa; WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs.
Working under various brands, the Liquid Telecom Group has operating entities in Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The company was named Best African Wholesale Carrier in both 2012 and 2013 at the annual Global Carrier Awards.
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