Jasco opens Congo subsidiary

Telecoms

Jasco Networks has expanded its operations into Central Africa with the formation of Jasco Congo, a subsidiary company with dedicated presence and local shareholders in the region.

Following this expansion, the newly-formed Jasco Congo subsidiary has signed a partnership agreement with Warid Congo to manage and maintain a carrier-neutral co-location data centre in Congo-Brazzaville.

Mobile operator, Warid Congo is part of the multinational Warid Telecom and as the owners of the data centre infrastructure, it will share in the revenues generated by the data centre and benefit from skills transfer as a result of the partnership.

Jasco Congo will, in turn, benefit from the ability to tap into local expertise, knowledge and market presence, the group said.

“Data centres are one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry, but the data centre built by Warid was not being used to full capacity. We were looking for a seasoned, highly experienced partner in the field to help us reposition our organisation to meet the needs of corporates around data centres and carrier neutral services. Jasco delivers on all of our requirements and are the ideal partner,” said Michel Elame, MD of Warid Congo.

According to Jasco, market research conducted in Central Africa has revealed that the Internet market is still in its infancy, being very expensive and only accessible via satellite due to lack of infrastructure.

However, users in the region are well aware of technological innovations and businesses are eager to embrace connectivity. This is becoming easier to achieve thanks to the recent landing of the WACS undersea cable connecting West Africa to the world, and growing investment into improving infrastructure.

The group notes that local Internet in the region remains expensive as a result of a lack of local hosting and local Internet exchange.

Jasco Congo has entered into a service partnership with Warid Congo, using its existing infrastructure and taking over the operational costs and maintenance of the data centre. Jasco will be designing and building an Internet switch exchange and providing local Internet hosting from the Warid Telecom data centre, helping to drive down the cost of Internet access. The company will also be hosting local telecommunications operators, providing a carrier neutral switching location for international traffic.

“Our research indicated that the region was ripe with opportunities, which are being held back due to the expense of building infrastructure. The situation is reminiscent of the South African market several years ago, and our experience in South Africa puts us in an ideal position to not only harness these opportunities but to assist with growth and skills transfer in the Central African region,” it said.

“The Jasco Congo operation, in partnership with Warid Telecom, enables us to expand our co-location solutions offering into Africa without the expense of physically investing in infrastructure, while creating local empowerment and business stimulation,” said Eckart Zollner, business development manager for Jasco Co-location Solutions.

“Expansion into Africa is an important part of Jasco’s growth strategy, and this venture offered the perfect opportunity to launch into a new market. Congo Brazzaville is one of the more stable and economically active countries in Central Africa, the government is on an aggressive growth drive and a lot of investment is being injected into the economy.

“Jasco Congo and our partnership with Warid Telecom will enable us to be a part of this development and to build relationships with local suppliers in this region. This in turn will provide a launch platform for future growth and expansion,” added Paul McKibbin, divisional managing director of Jasco Networks.