Fixed line operator Djibouti Telecom and Telecom Italia Sparkle, the international wholesale arm of Telecom Italia, yesterday announced their top-tier IP Point of Presence (POP) is now available in the capital, Djibouti City. The new POP has been established for the development of IP services in East and South Africa. The pair hope to use the new link to provide cost effective, high quality and secure global IP connectivity to TLC operators, ISPs and service providers that are connected to Djibouti through existing and upcoming cable systems such as SMW3, EASSy, Seacom, EIG, and other bilateral infrastructure.
Commenting on the launch of the IP POP, Djibouti Telecom managing director M Abdourahman Mohamed Hassan said: ‘With the deployment of a new generation of submarine cable systems in East Africa, the IP node/exchange will play a significant role in the region by offering reliable and robust solution[s] to support the increasing demand for international service from Eastern and Southern Africa.’ CEO of Telecom Italia Sparkle, Paolo Ferrari added, ‘We are proud to have established a strategic relationship with a key regional player in Africa like Djibouti Telecom. Through this fully protected IP hubbing node in Djibouti, we bring the internet thousands of miles closer to East and South African customers. As a result, our customers in Djibouti will be able to access the world’s most popular content hosted in Sicily through our extended global IP transit backbone Seabone. In addition, our customers will benefit from the additional advantage of exchanging their intra-regional traffic directly in Djibouti, instantly improving performance by saving hundreds of milliseconds with respect to any other European IP hub’.