From Deserts to Glass Skyscrapers and Smart Cities: The Middle East and Africa Offer Growing Availability of Managed IP Service

J. Stradling

Summary Bullets:

  • Several very large global providers have both subsidiary presences and extensive partnerships in place to serve the MEA region.
  • ‘Smart city’ projects and verticals such as finance, construction, oil and gas offer growth potential.

Have you ever wanted to open a new presence in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) but baulked at the potential challenges and pitfalls in this diverse region?  In some cases, a satellite link might be the only option to connect, say, a research lab deep in East Africa.  In contrast, an information super-highway backed by very fast networks and sophisticated business and IT applications is available in new ‘smart cities’ in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.  The availability of QoS-backed connectivity and managed end-to-end IP service is growing in MEA, as global carriers are focusing considerable attention on the region due the potential for revenue growth, which far exceeds growth rates in more saturated and mature markets elsewhere (for example, Western Europe and North America).  Regional providers (such as MTN, Neotel, Gulf Bridge International, Gateway Business Africa, STC, Qtel and Zain) all have solid roadmaps and international partners that they are leveraging to provide international MPLS, backed by QoS and professional services. Continue reading “From Deserts to Glass Skyscrapers and Smart Cities: The Middle East and Africa Offer Growing Availability of Managed IP Service”

100G and 400G Long Haul Optical Connections Get Closer to the Enterprise

J. Stradling
J. Stradling

Summary Bullets:

  • Verizon, Interoute, euNetworks, Colt, TSIC, and others, are examples of service providers that have lit fibre assets with 100 Gbps bandwidth and Ethernet at the core transport layer
  • Video, mobility, cloud-based computing and storage, and rapidly growing SaaS take-up are pushing the need for high-capacity service
  • There is an on-going performance versus cost challenge for buyers of high-speed service to consider

The desire for faster Internet does not have a ceiling, because it is linked to human impatience, which is limitless. From the perspective of business applications, bandwidth growth is driven by cloud storage, SaaS, enterprise mobility, high-powered cloud computing, and business video. To date, 100 Gbps Ethernet, optical transport, and DWDM wavelength announcements have largely been coming from the equipment manufacturer’s camp; but this is changing as more and more service providers start to expound upon the virtues of recently launched long haul 100G circuits as well as early readiness for 400G service.

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