More fibre connectivity for KZN
06 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917036
ICT services company Reflex Solutions has expanded its dark fibre network in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Reflex Fibre network in KZN is already at 280 km and will extend from Ballito in the North Coast to Port Shepstone in the South Coast to Pietermaritzburg.
Cobus Viljoen, Head of Carrier Services said, “We decided to widen our network in KZN as it is a growing province and is attracting businesses that require fast and reliable connections. Up until now, we have been supplying lit services, but we now have a dark fibre network too. This will give our clients an advantage in terms of scalability and stability.”
The 20 Gb Reflex Fibre network in KZN is built with high redundancy. Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) is used, allowing the company to tolerate any kind of failure in the fibre network, Viljoen said, adding that if one part of the core network is lost, traffic is automatically re-routed to another part of the network.
“Dark fibre is typically extremely expensive in KZN but with this new network, customers will receive dark fibre with high resilience and high uptime at costs that are comparable to Johannesburg rates. We have one of the largest dark fibre networks in South Africa and due to Reflex’s extensive experience in backhaul services, we managed to install switches, patch all links and configure all equipment at all 16 sites in KZN in a record time of five days,” Viljoen said.
Reflex Solutions has been a pioneer in the South African fibre industry. They housed the first Dark Fibre Africa aggregation node in their Tier III Data Centre in Johannesburg and brought the first house live on the Fibrehoods FTTH Network.