The now-live Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable is interconnecting at three of Teraco’s data centres across South Africa.
The 17 000 km cable, the eighth to connect to Teraco, stretches along the west coast of Africa, landing in 19 countries before being backhauled by landing partner MTN South Africa into Teraco’s data centre facilities.
“South Africa is a critical hub for access to digital services in the region. Our position as the interconnection hub in Africa allows us to address the increasing demands for global data transit,” said Teraco interconnection and peering head Michele McCann.
Users of ACE now have direct access to Teraco’s ecosystem of over 350 networks, 130 information technology service providers, 50 global content providers and the key global cloud providers through their cloud onramps located in Teraco.
McCann pointed out that there is a shift to a more interconnected offering, making Teraco’s African Cloud Exchange vital as it links enterprise systems and data with networks, cloud providers, platforms and cable systems.
“Data centres like ours act as the perfect neutral hub for interconnection and data exchange. It is here that cloud onramps and switching points from many different cloud providers and network operators meet.
As companies increasingly embrace a hybrid infrastructure, the integration and interconnection between the different systems and platforms play a vital role, and provide organisations with opportunities to address their digital transformation through choice and access speeds effectively.
“ACE is playing a critical role in the continent’s infrastructure development. Using the most advanced high-speed broadband fibre-optic technology enables the cable capacity to be increased as and when needed without additional submarine work required,” she concluded.