BT partners with East Africa Data Centre to reduce latency for Africa-based clients

Nairobi-based East African Data Centre (EADC) is set to host a new network point of presence (PoP) for British Telecom (BT), a global provider of communications services and solutions.

BT has been operating in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1992, delivering managed networked IT services for multinational companies operating in the region and providing expertise to the national operators to improve their retail and domestic market offerings to their respective citizens.

“Having access to local network PoPs allows global multinationals to route traffic locally, helping them in leveraging Kenya’s booming economy as an entry point to the growing regional market,” said EADC GM, Dan Kwach.

Since it was launched, EADC has transformed data handling within East Africa, helping to reduce delay between points on a network, improving data services, and making the transfer of data across networks easier by being a carrier-neutral facility, housing telecom providers and ISPs.

“The need for swift and secure local data and interconnection ties in with the government’s master plan, which is futuristic, clear and supportive of ICT Investments. It will ease the cost of doing business in Kenya, attracting multinational companies and direct foreign investment into Kenya as a gateway to East Africa,” said Kwach.

By opening a new network PoP at EADC, BT gives its multinational customers active in Africa the ability to further reduce latency in data flows by accessing its services in East Africa from a hub located in the region.

“In Sub-Saharan Africa, we serve more than 300 customers. It is essential for us to follow our customers and reach into the areas where they want to grow while supporting them through their digital transformation journey. We collaborate with EADC and leverage its infrastructure, regional presence and ability to meet the high service-level agreements (SLAs) that we have in place with our clients,” said Kevin Hardy, MD, BT in Africa.

The new PoP will support Internet, LAN services and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). BT will also be able to provide secure storage for business servers at EADC as well as hardware hosting for its international clients.

“By setting up its PoP in a facility that allows interconnection between multiple telecommunication providers, BT benefits from an easy reach to other local and international carriers, as well as from an increase of its footprint in East Africa and a linkage to the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), which is also housed within the EADC,” said Kwach.

Opened in 2013, EADC is a Tier 3 facility built to the specifications of the Uptime Institute, is apart of Liquid Telecom Kenya. The facility, a carrier-neutral data centre in Kenya, is the largest and most sophisticated in East Africa, offering secure and reliable space for dedicated hosting, interconnect services, collocation, disaster recovery, network-based services, applications and cloud services. It also houses Kenya’s Internet Exchange Point (KIXP).

BT’s principal activities include the provision of networked IT services to local, national and international telecoms services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.  BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Global Services, Business and Public Sector, Consumer, EE, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.