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How National Milling’s future-proof network system can meet the data demands of tomorrow

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Businesses in Zambia know that the task of choosing a reliable telecommunications operator to install their network system can be a daunting one. With such a big investment, many businesses and even established ones, still don’t know that if they want to experience a seamless Internet connection, the sure-fire starting point should always be their network infrastructure and set up.

“Having a robust network infrastructure in place is a must for any business” explains Marius van Vuuren from Paratus Zambia “With the right support from our team of highly skilled professionals early on, we can offer you cutting edge, future proof network installations that will ensure your systems are geared to support your business growth.”

Paratus Zambia recently proved just how important the early involvement of a telecommunications operator is. They engaged and collaborated with the largest milling company in the country, National Milling Zambia where they installed a 10-gigabit capable campus area network at its new milling plant, connecting the plant as well as the office buildings on a single network.

“We engaged electrical engineers and other partners involved in the construction of the plant at an early stage. This allowed us to make recommendations on cable pathways and what industry-grade hardware to use. This proactive approach ensured that we were able to deliver a future-proof campus area network that optimises their connectivity. Our early input ensured the best and most efficient network was achieved that can be adapted to reach even faster speeds in future as the demand for data grows.” said van Vuuren.

The project, which relied on fiber optic cabling to connect the plant and office buildings, was installed by highly-skilled, Molex-certified engineers and is backed by a microwave link that switches over automatically to ensure guaranteed uptime and enhanced productivity under a 25-year warranty.

But how exactly does a properly installed network system ensure a seamless Internet connection?

“Think of your network and cabling design as the heart of your business. Just as your arteries and veins provide paths for blood flow throughout your body, the cabling in a telecommunications system provides the pathway for a seamless connection,” explains Paratus Zambia project coordinator, Kapampa Mwila.  A poorly designed network system with tangled cables and improper flow will not be able to effectively traverse data, causing network outages and downtime your business does not need. And if the frustration (and cost) of downtime is not enough, the task of troubleshooting where the actual problem is will take hours or even days to find.

Setting up a server room with the right equipment is an expensive exercise, which is why consulting and engaging with your telecommunications operator in the initial planning stages will not only save you time but money as well. It will also allow you to optimise your network, meaning you can easily adapt to rapidly-changing technological upgrades that meet the data demands of the future. 

We can now confidently keep up the production in our new plant knowing our phone systems, computers and machinery will work seamlessly for many years to come. It gives us the confidence to continue in our pursuit to support the agricultural sector and contribute to the economy in Zambia.” said Dave Bosse, managing director of National Milling Zambia.

Zambia has its challenges, but access to a quality connection should not be one of them. Experience efficiency and unlimit your business’ potential the first time around with a quality network that supports your business’ future.

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OneVizion Achieves Global ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification

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New certification affirms OneVizion’s steadfast commitment to maintaining the highest standard and best practices for information security management

MARIETTA, Ga. – May 11, 2021 — OneVizion, the most trusted Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, is pleased to announce the achievement of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, an internationally recognized standard that is the highest and most stringent standard for information security management.

By obtaining the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, OneVizion demonstrates that its risk, governance, and compliance practices meet or exceed the required controls for an established Information Security Management System (ISMS).

Frank Faulk, Chief Information Security Officer at OneVizion, states, “We are proud of this accomplishment as it affirms our firm commitment to our customers who can rest assured that the OneVizion ISMS is being maintained and audited to the most rigid security standard in the industry.”

Following an efficient and thorough audit process, the certification was issued by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc., an accredited certification body at the forefront of the international certification and registration industry.

Commenting on the tremendous recognition, John Patton, CEO at OneVizion, says, “I am also honored to share that we achieved this certification in record time by using our own OneVizion platform, OneTeam, to track and provide the evidence for each clause in the standard.”

In addition to the platform being Veracode Verified, a key customer recently conducted an independent third-party line-by-line code review of the OneVizion platform.

Randy Moon, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation at OneVizion explains, “The independent code review was extremely complimentary of the structure and quality of our codebase. We are quickly implementing their recommendations to harden the security of our platform even further.”

Verifying the importance of company culture in the context of this notable achievement, Doug Tribolet, Vice President-Operations at OneVizion, concludes, “Adhering to the industry-leading security standard and best practices makes us a better company in addition to building the confidence of our customers in the platform.”
“Internally, we use our OneTeam platform for all aspects of the business and have incorporated the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification process into our corporate culture.”

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Teraco Boosts Regional Interconnection With MÉTISS Cable

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Teraco, Africa’s largest and most interconnected data centre operator, has become an integral node to the Meltingpot Indianoceanic Submarine System (MÉTISS)

MÉTISS is a 3,200 km subsea fibre optic cable system connecting South Africa to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius. The MÉTISS consortium comprises Canal+ Télécom, CEB Fibernet, Emtel, Zeop and SRR (SFR) Telma. The MÉTISS cable lands in Amanzimtoti and is backhauled by Liquid Telecoms to Teraco’s data centre in Durban (DB1).

With MÉTISS consortium members having infrastructure in both the Teraco Durban (DB1) and Johannesburg (JB1)data centre facilities, the Indian Ocean Islands have direct access to Teraco’s ecosystem of over 300 networks, 130 IT service providers, 50 global content providers, and the key global cloud providers says Michele McCann, Head of Interconnection and Peering at Teraco. The availability of a new cable servicing the Indian Ocean Islands region widens the addressable market for content and cloud providers in South Africa. It adds new resilience to the existing telecommunications infrastructure.

MÉTISS provides global telecoms organisations, multinationals and enterprises with interests in the region with the reliable services and capacities to empower their digital strategies.

Situated on Durban’s north coast, Teraco DB1 is a strategic interconnection hub on the African subsea cable map with access to MÉTISS and the cable systems of Seacom and EASSy that are already accessible from the facility. Teraco’s DB1 facility is connected to the JB1 Campus in Isando, Johannesburg through a wide choice of carriers, via diverse regional fibre routes. It will allow clients to increase the number of partners they connect with and expand their reach into new markets. Teraco’s DB1 facility offers clients secure colocation and interconnection services, as well as the ability to leverage Teraco’s digital hubs in DB1 and JB1 directly.

“The cable brings connectivity across regions that were previously hard to reach. Through Teraco, access to this cable is an interconnect away and in keeping with our tagline, ‘the world connects here’, we are very proud to play such a pivotal role in the success of this cable system,” says McCann. Peering at Africa’s largest Internet exchange, NAPAfrica, is now also possible for the island region and brings many benefits: reduced latency; network fault tolerance; reliable exchange of traffic; increased routing control; and improved network performance.

Interconnection and peering successfully addresses a growing need for more bandwidth but at the lowest possible latency. This also needs to be done cost-effectively. The MÉTISS cable system will enable further interconnection within the Indian Ocean Islands region and the growth of its digital economy. Teraco makes it easy and accessible for everyone to connect within the data centre and immediately benefit.


About Teraco:

Teraco provides carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centres, and with over 18 500 cross-connects, is Africa’s most interconnected data centre hub. As the first provider of highly resilient, vendor-neutral data environments in sub-Saharan Africa, Teraco brings global content closer to the digital edge.

With its world-class data centre infrastructure and network dense ecosystems, Teraco forms a vital part of the African Internet’s backbone and is an essential part of the modern enterprise’s digital transformation strategy. Its ever-expanding ecosystems move Teraco beyond colocation and firmly establish it as an open marketplace for digital growth and innovation. Discovering new business partners, making strategic interconnection choices, on-ramping to your choice of cloud, and reaching new markets globally – Teraco provides a highly secure, flexible and resilient home for digital organisations the world over.

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DIDWW joins the international association GSMA

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DIDWW, a leading global provider of premium quality cloud communication services, has announced that it has become an associate member of the GSMA, an industry organization representing the interests of mobile network operators worldwide.

The association’s member base now boasts more than 750 operators, as well as 400 companies from adjacent industries such as handset, device and equipment vendors, software and Internet service providers. The GSMA actively supports the latest tech innovations and developments in the mobile ecosystem to drive digital transformation and industry growth.

The GSMA membership enables DIDWW to actively participate in technical working groups, establish new business relationships and develop strategies that will greatly contribute to a wider adoption of hosted VoIP services. As a pioneer of VoIP technologies specializing in two-way voice and SMS cloud solutions, DIDWW will also share its expertise and valuable experience to unlock new opportunities for a wide range of business sectors including telecom, financial services, healthcare, media, transportation, and more.

Lina Zaboras,CEO of DIDWW, said, “We’re excited to join the GSMA and be able to seize the opportunity to collaborate in technology innovation projects, join exclusive networking events, and make even more companies aware of the many possibilities VoIP has to offer. Also, we very much look forward to working with other, like-minded members of this organization to address emerging challenges related to globalization, security policies and regulatory compliance.”

In addition, DIDWW has the official status of LIR (Local Internet Registry) and is a member of RIPE (“European IP Networks”), a non-profit association that ensures the administrative and technical coordination necessary to enable the operation of the Internet. DIDWW is also a part of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union), which is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on information and communication technology issues.

About DIDWW

DIDWW is a platform for telecommunication professionals with full self-service access and real-time provisioning, APIs and all the necessary building blocks for achieving the ultimate control over voice and SMS services.

The company offers the largest fully compliant international coverage of local, national, mobile, toll-free voice and SMS-enabled virtual phone numbers, two-way local and global SIP trunks, access to local emergency services, flexible capacity options, free global number portability, a number selection tool, and more.

DIDWW delivers premium quality services to thousands of operators worldwide through a private and fully geo-redundant network with mission-critical reliability and guaranteed SLAs. Their customers enjoy advanced solutions coupled with a unique service experience and superior value, all driven by a highly motivated team of professionals.

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