Telstra has taken another step in its global expansion with the extension of its network reach across South Africa.
The telco has launched a new Point of Presence in Johannesburg, which will act as a gateway for businesses to grow across Africa.
The PoP in Johannesburg will increase Telstra's network footprint in South Africa and provide greater connectivity and redundancy options for businesses operating across the continent.
Launched in partnership with Internet Solutions -- a Pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations -- the new Johannesburg PoP builds on Telstra's existing Network-to-Network interconnection (NNI) across 16 African countries, including Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Telstra head of connectivity and platforms portfolio, global enterprise and services, Bernadette Noujaim Baldwin, said the enhanced services represented another step in Telstra's international expansion.
"Since its admission into the economic coalition of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICS), South Africa is an emerging power, with one of the fastest-growing internet economies in the world," she said.
"With these economic conditions in mind, we're seeing demand for data connectivity throughout South Africa grow as an increasing number of Asian, European and American headquartered businesses look here for long-term growth opportunities.
She said, to effectively cater to the needs of local and multi-national businesses operating in South Africa, the company needed to partner with an expert local provider.
"Which is why we are leveraging Internet Solutions' network footprint to extend our service coverage and provide customers the same security, redundancy and quality of service offered on the Telstra network."
Internet Solutions, executive for connectivity, Greg Montjoie, said South Africa was one of continent's biggest economies, with one of the most advanced, broad-based industrial sectors.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Telstra to extend their network reach into the continent and provide their customers with connectivity support for growth and investment here.
"Our position as a company founded in Africa, coupled with the fact we have more than 20 years' experience in delivering connectivity services -- including PoPs in 16 African countries -- means we are well placed to provide international customers with best-in-class performance and coverage in South Africa, across the continent and around the world."