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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 launches customer address and identity management via API

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APIs are an essential part of any web application today, helping businesses to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative services while responding to ever-changing digital markets. DIDWW, a leading cloud telecommunication service provider, has announced that customer address and identity management is now fully available via their REST API.

This latest update to the DIDWW API enables customers to fully automate the submission and management of end-user details required for the DID number registration compliance. The company has designed the Identities & Addresses feature to simplify the entire process, thus significantly reducing the time customers typically spend when completing the registration procedure.

In addition, the DIDWW API is geared towards telecom operators, allowing them to fully integrate DIDWW products and expand their service portfolios. A wide range of account management functions can be performed, including ordering and configuring phone numbers all around the world, creating SIP trunks, configuring voice capacity limits, retrieving call data records, and more. On top of that, another significant enhancement to this powerful API will soon be available – a porting tool that will streamline and automate the process of phone number portability.

Marius Martinkus, Technical Operations Manager at DIDWW,said, Through our carrier-friendly API, we offer greater flexibility, ease of management, and high scalability for any business. We’re excited to introduce Identities & Addresses functionality that will simplify and automate the end-user registration procedures.”

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.

To learn more about DIDWW, please visit https://www.didww.com/.

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Infobip launches Infobip Startup Tribe, its new global startup programme

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The programme will seek out the most innovative and impactful startups, assisting them with growth tools, credit allowances and network support

Global communications company Infobip today announces the launch of its Infobip Startup Tribe programme. The programme will be led by newly appointed director Nikola Pavesic who joins from one of the world’s largest business media publishers and Financial Times parent company – Nikkei. Mr. Pavesic is based in Japan where he headed Nikkei’s startup and investor relations, alongside leading the largest tech conference series in Japan.

Infobip Startup Tribe is a bespoke programme aimed at finding and bringing together the world’s most innovative startups to help fast-track their growth and development.

Qualifying startups will be able to apply for substantial credit allowances on Infobip’s products and services worth up to $60,000, enabling them to grow their customer base through omnichannel communication. Infobip also plans to provide hands-on support in the sales and product fields though its vast global teams. What’s more, the Infobip Startup Tribe will have at their disposal the resources of Infobip’s 65+ global offices, wherever available, and a special relationship with Infobip Shift – the newly acquired leading developer conference.

“With this valuable programme, Infobip shows it is ready to invest in the community beyond what a more traditional tech company would do, not only through capital and credits, but through its global presence and network. The tech sector is an exciting game-changer, and we want to boost local and regional ecosystems across the world. Working with startups allows us to access new ideas, ways of thinking and approaches that enable companies to better leverage their own resources, assets and technology for greater impact. I am excited to have joined Infobip as it builds out its developer and startup organisation and look forward to bringing value through startup collaboration.” – says director Nikola Pavesic.

In addition to Infobip’s offerings, the programme will use external expertise to assist qualified startups, first with a unique Advisory Council comprising of top investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Infobip has also confirmed partnerships with the world’s leading accelerators like Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Techstars and many other venture capital funds. Startups that apply for the Infobip Startup Tribe programme, which are already funded by partnered VCs and accelerators, will receive additional credits and benefits within the programme.

“With Infobip Shift originating as a Startup Conference, it’s great, as part of our new Developer Experience Department, to get back to my roots and help the community – albeit this time a global community.”, said Ivan Burazin, Chief Developer Experience Officer at Infobip.

Infobip has purposely ensured flexible application criteria ensuring it casts a wider net for startups consisting of up to 100 employees, or those that have not received more than $5M in funding, subject to exceptions for whomever demonstrates impact and high-growth potential. Interested startups can learn more and quickly apply by visiting https://startups.infobip.com.

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Tokopedia Partners with Epsilon to Serve E-Commerce Boom Across Indonesia with Secure Multi-Cloud

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The Indonesian technology company with the largest marketplace platform uses Epsilon’s private network to securely host its production IT infrastructure in a multi-cloud environment.

Epsilon, a global connectivity provider, has been selected by Tokopedia, an Indonesian technology company with a leading marketplace platform, to provide a secure and high-performance multi-cloud environment in Singapore. Epsilon’s managed cloud routing service connects Tokopedia’s production environments in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud via multiple high-speed Cloud Connects, serving the technology unicorn’s cloud to cloud needs via Epsilon’s private network.

Epsilon delivers high-bandwidth cloud connections between Tokopedia’s IT infrastructure via its private network. Cloud Connect provides a scalable and flexible solution for Tokopedia to grow its bandwidth according to rising e-commerce demands in Indonesia, and delivers a secure marketplace platform for its 10+ million merchants and 100+ million monthly active users. Through Epsilon’s network fabric, Tokopedia is able to connect and manage its production IT infrastructure in a multi-cloud environment with improved availability and quality of experience.

“We’re very excited to be working with Tokopedia to extend its cloud capabilities powering the leading online marketplace in Indonesia. Tokopedia now has the freedom to access and orchestrate the cloud services it needs as its business grows,” said Warren Aw, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Epsilon. “We are solving the fundamental challenges of cloud connectivity that are often associated with management, performance and security. By utilising direct connections to multiple clouds, Tokopedia’s mission-critical applications and data in the cloud are secured. It can focus on improving its offering without having to worry about the network infrastructure.”

Tokopedia can quickly provision new cloud interconnect services with automation through Epsilon’s Network as a Service (NaaS) platform Infiny. The platform allows users to buy and manage ethernet services for interconnecting data centres and direct connections to leading cloud service providers and internet exchanges globally.

“Our platform helps merchants reach new audiences while providing a seamless online shopping experience for consumers. With the rising demands for a better digital experience, we needed an agile and flexible solution for securing and improving the performance of our connectivity to the cloud,” said Ryan de Melo, VP of Engineering at Tokopedia. “Epsilon’s cloud connectivity solutions make it simple for us to directly access the CSPs of our choice with the layer 3 routing that matches our needs. We look forward to Epsilon’s ongoing support in enabling us to build our reliable online marketplace for businesses and consumers across Indonesia, and to further achieve our mission of democratising commerce through technology.”

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