Liquid Telecom plans to upgrade its data centre facilities and expand its physical fibre footprint in South Africa and other markets where it operates, chief business development officer Willem Marais told MyBroadband. “We have over 16,000 kilometres of linear network route in South Africa and a total of over 50,000km across all 15 markets we serve,” said Marais. While Liquid Telecom will expand its fibre network in the country, it does not plan on making a fibre-to-the-home push this year.
“Our focus in South Africa has been national and metro fibre, and fibre to the business,” said Marais. Marais said Liquid Telecom has strong FTTH deployments in many markets, and the reason they haven’t invested in FTTH in South Africa is due to the challenge of rolling out national and metro networks. He said this also ensures they do not duplicate the effort of other organisations, as this allows Liquid Telecom to play to its strengths.
“We partner with FTTH providers to connect our clients,” said Marais. Liquid Telecom is involved in the retail arena in South Africa, however, after acquiring Neotel. This includes over 120,000 retail subscribers on its old CDMA network.
“We are considering other media to connect those customers,” said Marais.
Data centre expansion
Liquid Telecom, under its subsidiary Africa Data Centres, recently launched its newly-expanded data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It upgraded the total floor space of its Johannesburg data centre from 1,800 to 3,000 square metres, and its Cape Town data centre from 500 to 1,800 square metres. The Johannesburg data centre has a total power capacity of 7MW, while the Cape Town facility offers 5.5MW of power.
Liquid Telecom will continue to upgrade these facilities in terms of floorspace and power over the course of 2018, with the aim of increasing the capacity of the data centres five-fold over the next five years.
Africa Data Centres, a subsidiary of Liquid Telecom, has launched newly-expanded data centre facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Called the South Africa Data Centre, the carrier-neutral, open access facilities were expanded from the data centres Liquid Telecom gained in its R6.55-billion acquisition of Neotel. It upgraded the total floor space of its Johannesburg data centre from 1,800 to 3,000 square metres, and its Cape Town data centre from 500 to 1,800 square metres.
The Johannesburg data centre has a total power capacity of 7MW, while the Cape Town facility offers 5.5MW of power. Liquid Telecom’s group chief business development officer Willem Marais said they aim to increase the capacity in these data centres five-fold over the next five years. Marais said the data centres are connected by fibre routes from major carriers, as well as every undersea cable system that lands in South Africa.
“Liquid Telecom is a direct consortium member, or a large anchor tenant on all of the subsea cables coming into South Africa,” Marais told MyBroadband. The South Africa Data Centre also has peering links to data centres operated by other major players in the market, including the only other open access provider in the country, Teraco’s NAPAfrica. Customers can also connect to INX-ZA’s Johannesburg Internet Exchange at the Johannesburg South Africa Data Centre facility, or the Cape Town Internet Exchange point at Liquid Telecom’s facility in Cape Town.
Between the Johannesburg and Cape Town facilities, Africa Data Centres has over 100 customers – including global, regional, and local telecoms operators, Internet service providers, cloud service providers, and large enterprises.