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Investment in innovative new technology has put the largest private, wholly owned Namibian  internet  service provider ahead of its larger multi-national competitors.

According to the Chief Operating Officer: Group, Mr. Schalk Erasmus, the testing and subsequent implementation of Multi-protocol Label Switching technology (MPLS) on the company’s national network backbone has placed it on a higher level of competency and is aimed at improving on their already excellent service delivery track record.

He said that MPLS is an alternative to other services which have similar identical goals such as Frame Relay Networks and traditional VPN’s (Virtual Private Networks). In the international market MPLS is a good alternative for these technologies, because it is better aligned with current and future technology and requirements.

The creation of MPLS was essentially motivated to simplify packet routing in high-speed IP networks which also allows for better traffic management by supporting multiple service models,” he explained. MPLS adds a label header to each data packet being sent resulting in high-speed routing due to Label Switching occurring faster than traditional IP table lookups.

Paratus is proud to announce that its entire backbone network, totalling 24 national Points of Presence (POP’s), and various international POPs, which include South Africa, United Kingdom, Portugal and France is now fully MPLS enabled.

After several months of intensive testing, the network has withstood an onslaught of data packets with different labels to test latency on the network. Paratus now have a comprehensive list of expected label-switched routing times dependant on customer requirements.

Paratus plans to further their service delivery presence with the development and installation of more POP’s on their Namibia national backbone.

MPLS has been available since 2006 and puts Paratus on a different level than other service providers. We have extensively tested the solution and implemented this across our entire backbone infrastructure, which will allow our customers to benefit from future technologies right now, should it be a requirement.

MPLS was initially proposed by the Paratus Board, and with Paratus being Cisco-centric in our network design; we fully understand the technology and are willing to embrace this technology with open arms. Not only are we able to offer our customers guaranteed uptimes via our Service Level Agreements, but are now also able to ensure specific label-switching routing times from point-to-point where high-speed data switching is at the essence of any customer’s requirement. We are able to guarantee – in milliseconds – the amount of time a data packet will take from a customer’s network in i.e. Oshakati to the same customer’s network in i.e. Keetmanshoop using MPLS.”

He said that Paratus was forced to make this investment sooner than anticipated, since the old network lacked trustworthy and truthful management tools to deliver Quality of Service and Latency expectations to a certain market segment.