Thursday Roundup: Ribbon, BoFiNet, CMC, BCX, MTN, HE

July 28th, 2022 by · Leave a Comment

Four interesting items from Africa to catch up with:

Ribbon has picked up a new customer over in the South African nation of Botswana. The wholesale provider BoFiNet will be using Ribbon’s DWDM transport and OTN Switching gear to upgrade its national footprint with 200G support and an upgrade path to 400G. BoFiNet operates a 6,500 route-mile footprint connecting 20 markets across the country.

CMC Networks and BCX are teaming up for some African SD-WAN. BCX will leverage CMC’s solution to better serve its customers across the continent, and to the Middle East and beyond as well. The partnership boost BCX’s SD-WAN reach by 110+ service locations. BCX is owned by the South African provider Telkom.

MTN Sudan has lined up a customer for its Network-as-a-Service solution. NuRAN Wireless will be leveraging MTN Sudan’s infrastructure to support 500 sites across the country as they roll out rural mobile infrastructure. The deal is worth an estimated $125M in revenue over the next 10 years. NuRAN Wireless has done similar deals with MTN subsidiaries in South Sudan and Namibia.

And Hurricane Electric has added a new African PoP to its global IPv6-native backbone. It’s the company’s second PoP in the country of Kenya, and is located at the iColo, MBA One data center in Mombasa. Mombasa is one of East Africa’s key seaports and an obvious potential bandwidth nexus for the region. the iColo MBA One facility offers 2400 square meters near the Moi International Airport.

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