Paratus Africa Group

Paratus Group signs BSO as first customer for Express Route

And offers the global financial sector the fastest low latency connectivity 
between Johannesburg and London.

Paratus Group, a leading pan-African telecommunications provider, has signed with BSO – the global pioneering infrastructure and connectivity provider serving the world’s largest financial institutions – as its first customer for the recently launched Paratus Express Route. This ground-breaking fiber route provides the fastest connectivity between Johannesburg and Europe, with an impressive latency of just 123 milliseconds.

BSO, known for its low-latency connectivity solutions for businesses operating in time-sensitive industries, is now able to enhance its service offering by using Paratus Express Route. Michael Ourabah, CEO at BSO, said: “We are excited – not only to be the first customer on the Paratus Express Route but also because this reinforces our promise of providing the fastest and most reliable connectivity solutions across the globe.

This is a very significant and pioneering collaboration that translates to offering the lowest latency route between Johannesburg and London to the enterprises that need it most.”

The Paratus Express Route, which runs from Johannesburg to Swakopmund via Botswana, connects to the Paratus-landed Equiano subsea cable, providing a direct link to Lisbon, London, and the rest of Europe. By investing heavily in its contiguous and diverse fiber network, Paratus has established an unparalleled route that guarantees superior performance and reliability for network service providers and their enterprise customers.

Martin Cox, Chief Commercial Officer at Paratus Group, added, “Our partnership with BSO underscores the value of the Paratus Express Route for network service providers and their financial services clients. By combining our local expertise with global reach, we are uniquely positioned to meet the critical connectivity demands of the financial industry. Our express route also marks a significant milestone on our journey to transform Africa’s digital landscape and to support the growth of the financial services sector.”

The Paratus Express Route not only offers unmatched speed and performance but also provides a crucial alternative path for network operators, mitigating the impact of potential fiber outages between Johannesburg and Cape Town. With Paratus as the landing partner for the Equiano Subsea Cable in Namibia, customers are assured of resilient and diverse connectivity.

For more information about the Paratus Express Route, please visit www.paratus.africa.

Notes for journalists

Paratus launched its Express Route last month having completed its 1 890km fiber link between Johannesburg, via Botswana, to Swakopmund. This fiber link connects with the Paratus-landed Equiano subsea cable that runs from Namibia to Lisbon and on to London and the rest of Europe. This has created the fastest route between Johannesburg and Europe with latency of just 123 milliseconds.

Massive investment by the Paratus Group in its contiguous and diverse fiber network has resulted in   the fastest route between Johannesburg and Lisbon, delivering a much lower latency compared to other similar routes and guarantees smooth data flow and less interruption of service. Paratus is the landing partner for the Equiano Subsea Cable in Namibia, which offers an alternative route out of South Africa and mitigates against possible fiber outages between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

About BSO

The company was founded in 2004 and serves the world’s largest financial institutions. BSO is a global pioneering infrastructure and connectivity provider, helping over 600 data-intensive businesses across diverse markets, including financial services, technology, energy, e-commerce, media, and others. BSO owns and provides mission-critical infrastructure, including network connectivity, cloud solutions, managed services, and hosting, that are specific and dedicated to each customer served.

The company’s network comprises 240+ PoPs across 33 markets, 50+ cloud on-ramps, is integrated with all major public cloud providers and connects to 75+ on-net internet exchanges and 30+ stock exchanges. The team of experts works closely with customers to create solutions that meet the detailed and specific needs of their business, providing the latency, resilience, and security they need regardless of location.

BSO is headquartered in Ireland, and has 11 offices across the globe, including London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. For more information: www.bso.co

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