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Issue Date: November 2007

Neotel announces its Enterprise Product Suite - at last

29 November 2007

Neotel yesterday announced its suite of products for the enterprise, bringing new choice and leading-edge technology to corporates and government in this country. Neotel has built an advanced fibre-optic network that links locations in metropolitan areas to provide 'Next Generation Network' services, bringing more value at lower cost.
"The shop is open," says Ajay Pandey, MD of Neotel, "It has been a year since we launched as an operating company, and we have been working flat out laying cables, installing equipment and setting up agreements that gives us a national fibre network. We now have physical layer access to over 10 000 km of fibre-optic cable, and built a set of high-performance services that are uniquely flexible."
The enterprise product suite includes next-generation IP-based services.
NeoVPN, a virtual private network, gives security and privacy equivalent to a private network, but at a dramatically lower cost and complexity.
NeoVPN is an SA-first in that it provides a completely flat, transparent, end-to-end secure IP network. NeoVoice provides fixed multiline voice connectivity with allocated public numbering (with portability from Telkom numbers if required), and for the first time SA customers can get conventional Primary Rate (ISDN) or IP-based SIP telephony from one provider. NeoInternet provides high-performance corporate Internet access, and for the first time ever Neotel brings the Tier 1 global Internet into South Africa its Point of Presence in Johannesburg provides one-hop access to global networks.
Neotel also provides traditional telecoms leased line services with its NeoLink and NeoLink Global products. NeoLink Global is unique in South Africa as Neotel customers connect on-net directly to international destinations via VSNL's global network.
A major technology leap that Neotel is bringing to market is providing wide-area telecoms connections using Ethernet interfaces the simple, low-cost, high speed interface that is entirely familiar to anyone in networking. Apart from convenience, it also scales in convenient increments from 2 Mbps to 1 Gbps, in 2 Mbps increments, rather than traditional TDM networks where you have to go in jumps of 2 to 34, to 45, to 155 Mbps and then its multiples. Neotel can also scale bandwidth up or down as customers require without interrupting service, to cater for growth or peak business periods. Ethernet interfaces are available on all Neotel products, including NeoVoice.
"We have brought these products to market incredibly quickly from launch to full service offering in only a year. When we launched in August last year we were ambitious in our roll-out we have now established services in the major locations, and the roll-out is continuing in phases, adding Points of Presence all the time. We are trialling consumer services at the moment for voice and high speed Internet access, and once we are satisfied that it is ready for launch, we will make an announcement in early 2008," added Pandey.


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