Murray Steyn
Murray Steyn Executive Head: Wholesale

Service providers, resellers and carriers can leverage the reach and functionality of a sturdy VPN from Internet Solutions.

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As a network solution, our wholesale VPN solutions cater for businesses with team members around the world, providing secure and cost-effective connectivity. As it becomes more important for businesses to integrate data, voice and multimedia on a single network – improving operational efficiency and quality of service – the demand for VPNs is set to grow. And the opportunities for wholesale partners will also grow.

Drawbacks of a private WAN

Establishing a WAN is a lengthy process that requires a great deal of time and attention from IT staff and, once employed, maintaining it is an ongoing process. Factors to consider when designing a WAN include existing and planned applications, as well as local and remote access requirements and connectivity beyond the network. These types of circuits are typically more costly when compared with other remote connectivity solutions, and connectivity is strictly point-to-point with no Internet connectivity provided.

Managing the network’s capacity is a key challenge. It’s not enough to simply acquire additional leased lines as requirements grow. Network managers need to configure the appropriate amount of bandwidth and must frequently review network performance. Capacity planning must be conducted regularly because network usage patterns change over time. These requirements invariably add to the cost of a private WAN.

An alternative from IS

The MPLS VPN solution from Internet Solutions has a lot more to offer. For starters, a degree of choice is offered to carriers and service providers to create a combination of site-to-site, hybrid and IP VPN connectivity to ensure that the most suitable solution is provided. The fully meshed network allows for intelligent latency management, as well as fast and efficient point-to-point connections on the network. Yet the costs are significantly lower than any private line networks despite similar levels of performance. Your customers can also keep a handle on costs by provisioning only the bandwidth they need, and they can easily add more as their needs dictate. You also have the choice of entrusting the management of the service to our specialist engineers, or managing it yourself.

Classes of service

Your customers benefit enormously from the optimisation afforded by the integrated class-of-service support in our MPLS VPN solution, which allows for the provision of multiple levels of service class. Traffic can be differentiated into various classes such as voice class, a video class, and silver, gold and platinum data classes. This gives you control in terms of how each application functions on your customers’ networks.

Customer service from experts

Our support team comprises well-trained technical experts who are on call 24/7 to help with any queries and provide information about the network’s performance. With the fully managed service that we offer, you can entrust us with all the operational, technical and commercial risk management. If anything does go wrong, it will fall to IS to address the matter immediately and get it up and running again before your customers notice any interruption.

Extensive reach

As owners of the largest managed service network in Africa, IS connects global carriers, local carriers and international and domestic ISPs throughout the continent. Our 66 Points of Presence in 16 regional markets are all configured in mesh network architecture to ensure uninterrupted service delivery and seamless scalability.

IS offers 210 Gbps bandwidth over the East and West African coastal cable systems and service redundancy on an international level with investments in Sat 3, Main One, WACS, Seacom, EASSy, TEAMs and SAF. We boast 15 500m2 data centre space in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and London, and 3 500 VSAT terminals with teleports in South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria and Germany.

To find out more about Internet Solution’s wholesale VPN offerings, feel free to contact our experts.

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