NTT Europe develops gateway to the African market via Dimension Data

NTT Europe is putting its parent company's acquisition of Dimension Data to work by establishing a Network to Network Interface (NNI) from its Europe-to-Asia network to the Europe-to-Africa network with Dimension Data subsidiary Internet Solutions (IS).

By establishing this NNI, NTT Europe will gain connections to 31 cities across 12 countries in Africa including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

For NTT, the NNI with Internet Solutions, which is a key partnership agreement stemming from the Dimension Data acquisition, is all about establishing a quick entrance into the growing African telecom market.  

"To provide our customers with a global network and open up access to Africa, we needed to either 'partner' or 'build," said Masaaki Moribayashi, managing director, NTT Europe. "Building would be a slow process and would not provide extensive in-country connectivity. Partnering with Internet Solutions meant the NNI was enabled in weeks, not months or years, and NNI provides a direct connection to key African regions for new and existing clients."

As a reciprocal agreement, the two service providers plan to establish an additional NNI in Asia Pacific to help African-based customers get access to Asia. IS, which is already serving 85 percent of the 250 major South African-based companies, said the agreement with NTT will enable it to help those clients connect to major financial centers in other regions.

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