WIOCC landed the 2Africa subsea cable system into its carrier-neutral data centre Open Access Data Centres (OADC) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. This offers the province and country a huge increase in international capacity and the promise of more reliable internet and other connectivity services.
Open Access Data Centres (OADC) is a WIOCC Group company, dedicated to constructing a pan-African, carrier-neutral data centre footprint to support telcos, ISPs, the cloud operator and wholesale community and major enterprises such as finance and governments in extending their businesses across Africa. OADC facilities cover Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, etc.
The OADC Durban facility is located at Arbour Junction 2, Arbour Road, Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal 4120, South Africa. With 4MW power capacity, OADC Durban went live in April 2022 and will ultimately deliver 4,200m2 of flexible space, supporting 2,000m² of IT white space, as well as A-Grade tech park office space.
The 2Africa Amanzimtoti Landing into OADC Durban facility, is 2Africa’s fourth landing on the coast of South Africa - two in the Western Cape (Yzerfontein and Duynefontein) and one in the Eastern Cape (Gqeberha).
The 2Africa will be the second international subsea cable landing in Amanzimtoti, following the METISS cable system connecting Mauritius to South Africa which was ready for service in 2021.
Landing 2Africa into carrier-neutral OADC Durban ensures that service providers are able to access international capacity and onward, domestic and intra-Africa connectivity on a fair and equitable basis, which will encourage and support the development of a healthy internet ecosystem.
Once the 2Africa cable system has been fully deployed, businesses and consumers will benefit from improved quality, reliability and lower latency for internet services, including telecommuting, high-definition video streaming and advanced multimedia and mobile video applications. The 2Africa project underpins further growth of 4G, the continued roll-out of 5G and fixed broadband access, by providing improved connectivity to underserved and rural areas; and network resilience between KZN and the rest of South Africa.
As a gateway to international connectivity, OADC Durban facility (the Amanzimtoti Cable Landing Station) will also help to drive the upgrade and expansion of telecommunications networks in KZN and surrounding provinces.