O3b Networks has announced an agreement with RCS-Communication to more than double the South Sudanese ISP’s bandwidth capacity over the next two years. RCS first signed a long-term contract with O3b in 2013 and became the second African business to use the O3bTrunk product when the service was commercialised in October 2014. RCS uses the O3bTrunk platform to connect its WiMAX and High Throughput PtMP networks in the capital Juba to the internet. With this upgrade, RCS will also implement the O3bPerformance Services site diversity solution to leverage its software defined networking (SDN) platform for intelligent switching across multiple satellite links.
’The timing may seem unexpected for us to upgrade capacity and invest in O3b’s diversity solution, as most players in the South Sudan telco/ISP sector are currently scaling down due to economic and other challenges,’ said Flippie Odendal, managing director at RCS-Communication, adding: ‘While RCS is not isolated from these issues and their impact, our investment decision was taken with a long term view, though it will have immediate benefits to our clients once deployed.’