US giant Verizon Communications has announced that it has expanded its global enterprise network platform, enabling multinational corporations to take advantage of its ‘Private IP’ service in six additional African countries, as well as Bahrain and Qatar in the Middle East. Through a combination of its own global multiprotocol label switching network (MPLS) network and its infrastructure alliance provider Vodacom Business in Africa, Verizon enterprise customers will now be able to access Private IP services in four key African markets: Gabon; Djibouti and Ethiopia on the Horn of Africa; Malawi and Zimbabwe in Eastern Africa; and Swaziland in the south. The expansion will make it possible for Verizon customers with operations in these emerging markets to more effectively exchange data and global business applications, and employ the company’s managed network and security solutions.
The expansion brings the number of African countries where Verizon’s Private IP is now available to 21, with the company already active in the following markets: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Egypt. In the Middle East meanwhile, services are also available in Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE. Martin Burvill, vice president of enterprise sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented: ‘This expansion further demonstrates our commitment to this emerging region and meeting the evolving requirements of our multinational business and government customers. Expansive network services like Verizon’s Private IP will play a central role in creating global connections between people, machines and their environments, and contributing to business and societal progress’.