Kenya’s Wananchi Telecom, has partnered with Epsilon, for the delivery of outsourced network services to support the growth of its telecommunications business in the UAE.
Epsilon has deployed a virtual point of presence (vPoP) at Etisalat’s SmartHub Fujairah for Wananchi Telecom, giving it efficient access to international networks and 500 carriers and network service providers in more than 170 countries.
Wananchi Telecom delivers communications services in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, London, UAE and Mumbai, and it struck the deal with Epsilon as it prepares for rapid expansion across Africa.
“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,” said Clint Collins, a director at Epsilon.
“With this partnership, Wananchi Telecom, a leading provider for ISPs, multinational customers and Pan-African corporates, can expand its local and international presence, ensuring it delivers high-quality services to more destinations.”
As part of the partnership, Epsilon will have access to Wananchi’s African network, giving it greater local presence on the continent.
“The flexibility and scalability of an outsourced solution is critical for our long-term success, and that is what Epsilon has delivered,” noted Rakesh Kukreja, MD at Wananchi Business Services.
Epsilon established a dedicated office in the UAE in early 2014 to specifically serve growing demand for outsourced network services in Africa and the Middle East.
It 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 — an undersea cable presence that circumnavigates Africa.
In addition to network infrastructure, Epsilon will provide a remote hands service for cabling, installations and PoP management.