South African R2 billion fibre-optic network to be delivered by Jasco Carrier

Jasco Carrier is to deliver a R2 billion (US$221 million) fibre-optic network for South African telecommunications operator Neotel, which could be exploited by MTN and Vodacom.

The network is 5,000 kilometres long and the laying of the fibre is estimated to be worth seven million euros over a two-to-three-year period.

Neotel is currently building a partnership with major operators MTN and Vodacom, meaning they could use the network in future to deliver high-speed Internet services.

Jasco’s role includes the full implementation, maintenance and high-level support of the network with the final outcome being a complete next generation national network which will allow Neotel to deliver high speed telecommunication and Internet services in South Africa.

The ADVA FSP 3000 and ADVA FSP 150 systems will be implemented by Jasco and Dr Angus Hay, General Manager of Strategic Business Development at Neotel, said: “Selecting the system that will allow us to light up the network and beginning implementation are important milestones.

He added: “We believe that our Neo One and NeoBroadband offerings are helping to satisfy the massive demand for more bandwidth countrywide, and are providing these customers with their first real experience of next generation telecommunications and cloud services.”

Jasco say the advantage of the ADVA solutions with the ROADM module is that it reduces the technological footprint while improving efficiency because it sends signal directly in multiplex.

Fibre-optic cable can be used to deliver long-term evolution (LTE) ultra-fast Internet and South Africa’s major mobile operators have been rolling out their LTE services for the past six months.

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