A partnership between Wananchi Telecom, a Tier 1 carrier in Africa and Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider will see the latter’s customers get access to international networks and local connectivity in more than 170 countries.
The partnership will see Epsilon deliver outsourced network services to support the growth of its wholesale telecommunications business and through partnering with Epsilon, Wananchi Telecom will expand the reach of its network and benefit from Epsilon’s infrastructure, network intelligence and international expertise.
At the moment, Epsilon has deployed a virtual point of presence (vPoP) in Telehouse East London and SmartHub Fujairah, UAE for Wananchi Telecom giving it access to more than 500 carriers and network service providers locally and internationally. This will give Wananchi Telecom’s customers efficient connection to various countries.
In addition to network infrastructure, Epsilon will provide a remote hands service for cabling, installations and PoP management.
“Network outsourcing is the fastest and most efficient way for service providers to go global and connect their customers to the rest of the world. With this partnership, Wananchi Telecom can expand its local and international presence, ensuring it delivers high-quality services to more destinations,” says Clint Collins, Regional Director, Carrier Business MEA at Epsilon. “Wananchi Telecom is a leading provider for ISPs, multinational customers and Pan-African corporates, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to support its growth.”
Wananchi Telecom delivers communications services in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, London, UAE and Mumbai. It is rapidly developing its business across new geographies and market segments within Africa and around the globe.
As part of the partnership, Epsilon will have access to Wananchi’s extensive African network footprint giving it greater local presence on the continent. Epsilon already has interconnection agreements with both the West Africa Cable System (WACS) on the west coast of Africa as well as SEACOM on the east coast.
“Engineered exclusively for IP traffic, our global carrier-grade network carries Internet traffic by land, sea or air for superior performance, reliability and value. The team at Epsilon understands our goals and needs in the Africa market and created a scalable solution that meets new demand. The flexibility and scalability of an outsourced solution is critical for our long-term success and that is what Epsilon has delivered,” says Rakesh Kukreja, Managing Director at Wananchi Business Services (WBS).