Gateway Communication has gained a multi-service edge by upgrading its national and international network to multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), the technology of choice for next-generation converged networks. The adoption of MPLS by Gateway has been expedited through a strategic partnership with the MTN Group, which allows Gateway to avail itself of MTN’s state of the art technology and facilities as well as MTN points of presence (PoPs). Customer migration to the new infrastructure has already commenced, with completion scheduled for June this year.

Mike van den Bergh, MD of Gateway Communications, says the co-location of services at MTN and the use of MTN’s facilities and infrastructure has meant speedier adoption of the new generation technology and significant cost savings, while the association with leading GSM carrier MTN has opened up new options for mobile data services.

Demand for MPLS services is strong, particularly from Gateway’s multi-national clients whose global network architects require the provision of predictable and reliable classes of service for mission critical applications, and better overall utilisation of network resources. Migration to the new backbone technology must also be seamless.

While delivering a higher grade of service with many functional extras, Gateway’s new network also extends its national geographical reach through the introduction of a number of additional PoPs. Apart from current network coverage in all major South African cities and neighbouring countries, Gateway PoPs will also be available in Polokwane, Nelspruit, Empangeni and East London. International reach has been extended through the provision of an MPLS node in London.

A new hosting facility will also be available, which will offer access to both Telkom and the SNO (once it is operational), essentially offering clients a neutral tele-housing facility.