Otel quadruples broadband backbone

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iol scitech nov 4 broadband REUTERS African Internet users have typically enjoyed little benefit from these cables passing along its coast because connectivity to them has been limited.

Johannesburg - Otel has put pen to paper to increase its Telkom SAIX Broadband Internet capacity to meet the increasing number of Enterprises and SME customers who intend migrating from contended internet via ADSL or Fibre to a 1:1 uncapped, uncontended, unshaped, dedicated internet solution in order to increase their speed, reliability and productivity.

Carmen Boshoff, Last Mile Connectivity Specialist at OTEL Telecoms comments, “ As internet becomes an integral part in the successful function of a business, it has become clear that the internet has to be the sharpest tool in the box. “Neglecting to ensure that a company's internet connection is reliable, fast and dedicated may cause losing ground to a competitor who has a better internet connection to perform its daily functions.”

South African businesses are generally using ADSL for its internet connectivity, as it is cheap and performs the basic functions. However with the increase in online communication and business tools converging into mobile and online business programs, a bad connection can make or break the success of a business.

Otel Telecoms CEO, Mohammad Patel explains. “ Over the past years we've noticed a shift in the requirements of business users. “A connection shared by dozens or unknown number of users affects the performance of an internet connection greatly. The negative impact often causes loss in revenue particularly in real time services such as VoIP or Database Access. Otel “Telecoms provides a dedicated business internet connection in order to improve the internet experience. This connection is referred to in the market as 'one-to-one' or 'uncontended'.”

Otel's SAIX Internet Connection is based on Telkom's national fibre network. Having access to the largest fibre footprint in South Africa means that OTEL Telecoms can offer connectivity in cities quickly, as well as fibre connectivity in medium to larger towns across South Africa where other Internet Service Providers will struggle to.

“South African businesses will trend towards this dedicated internet service as businesses in first world countries have. OTEL have made robust investments locally by expanding its network and halving the costs of fibre connectivity allowing businesses to take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that they have the speed they need to compete and grow.” Boshoff concludes.

For more information on OTEL's SAIX Broadband backed by Telkom can be found at http://www.otelafrica.com/saix

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