Kenya upgrades education fibre network with Telco Systems

Created January 17, 2019
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Telco Systems has completed an upgrade of the carrier Ethernet network of the Kenya Education Network (KENET), the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya, from 10GE to 100GE.

KENET provides high-speed internet access and data centre services to member university campuses and research facilities across the country, and interconnectivity with other NRENs around the world. KENET also provides shared cloud-based services, including co-location of servers, dedicated virtual servers for e-learning systems and video and web conferencing. Three years ago, Telco Systems supplied KENET with its IP/MPLS technologies that were used to build KENET’s 10GE carrier Ethernet network, which was managed and fully orchestrated by an aggregation and demarcation solution.

For the100GE network upgrade, Telco Systems delivered its T-Metro 8100 service aggregation platform and cloud gateway. T-Metro 8100 provides carrier Ethernet 2.0, MPLS, IP (Layer 3) and SDN capabilities and offers much improved service scalability and carrier class resiliency. For KENET, these T-Metro 8100 devices are managed and orchestrated by Telco Systems’ EdgeGenie Orchestrator service provisioning management system, which was also previously deployed in 2013 when Telco Systems originally supplied KENET’s carrier Ethernet network. By upgrading its network capacity to 100GE, KENET has been able to improve the quality of existing services, offer additional advanced services and meet the growing bandwidth requirements of its education and research institution customers and their users.

“We have been working with Telco Systems for five years now and we have developed trust and confidence in the company and its technologies,” said professor Meoli Kashorda (pictured), executive director of KENET. “Telco Systems has played a strategic role in the expansion of our network and the services from 1GE to 10GE, and now to 100GE, and I am certain that the company will continue to support us for many years to come.”

Ariel Efrati, CEO at Telco Systems, said: “We are experiencing strong traction in the education vertical and our T-Metro 8100 solution is well positioned to help network operators serving this market space, especially the government E-Rate projects in the US to upgrade their networks and improve the performance of their services.”

Telco Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation