Openserve Broad Connect provides a simplified solution to Internet Access Providers (IAPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to supply services to end customers, using Openserve’s last mile access technologies. This enables ISPs to connect to Openserve’s broadband products to provide their own value-added internet packages to their customers.
Openserve Fibre Connect provides speeds of between 10mbps up to 200mbps with upstream bandwidths equivalent to 50% of the downstream bandwidths.
Service is provided over Openserve’s GPON open access Fibre network. Backhaul is provided via the Openserve Metro Ethernet network and handover to our clients is achieved via Openserve Openserve Broad Connect.
No long-term contracts, only month-to-month contracts are allowed.
IPLC is a dedicated point-to-point service from a SA PoP or client premises to any PoP or client premises in the rest of the world using NGSDH, DWDM and POTN
Openserve has capacity on WACS, EASSy, S3WS and EIG cable to provide IPLC with the ability to provide End-to-End solutions from any PoP or Client Premises to any PoP or client Premises.
Our IPLC service offers bandwidth from 2Mbps to 100Gbps subject to infrastructure availability
Openserve’s Capacity Lease is a dedicated point-to-point providing a client with submarine cable capacity service between any Cable Landing Station (CLS) to any Cable Landing Station (CLS)..
In addition, Openserve has the rights and licenses for when the service is extended beyond the country at which the cable lands. Openserve is the Network Admistrator for EASSy and S3WS In the case of the WACS, EASSy and EIG submarine cables, Openserve can activate full circuits to operators and on S3WS activate Full or Half Circuits depending on where service is terminating.
Our capacity lease service offers bandwidth from 2Mbps to 100Gbps where applicable
Terrestrial IPLC is a dedicated point-to-point service from a SA PoP or client premises to bordering country which can further be extended to other landlocked countries using NGSDH, DWDM and POTN. Openserve has cross border terrestrial connectivity to Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. Terrestrial IPLC offers customers bandwidth capacity from 2Mbps up to 100Gbps subject to infrastructure availability.
Detroit De Passage (DDP) ) is a dedicated point-to-point service that provides client with transit connectivity from any Cable Landing Station (CLS) to bordering country which can further be extended to other landlocked countries using NGSDH, DWDM and POTN. DDP provides customers with cross country terrestrial connectivity to the international Submarine Cable Stations of South Africa from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. DDP offers customers bandwidth capacity from 2Mbps up to 10Gbps.
IRU is a contractual agreement between a capacity owner of a submarine cable system and an international or wholesale customer (domestic/local operator) wanting to purchase long term capacity, whereby unrestricted, exclusive and indefeasible right of use to the applicable capacity on a cable system is sold.
IRU is specific to customers who want to purchase long term capacity and enjoy unrestricted, exclusive and indefeasible right of use to the applicable capacity on a cable system. Customers enter into a contractual agreement with Openserve (the capacity owner of a submarine cable system). Openserve offers two variations of IRUs namely:
Dedicated or Path Specific IRU – available for the lifetime of the IRU.
Movable IRU – capacity purchased on a particular cable is usable between any locations on the cable (where Openserve has the appropriate rights).
Bandwidth capacity available: STM-1; STM-4; and STM-16 with optional restoration.
Ethernet Express is a point-to-point Ethernet symmetrical service providing bandwidth options of 1-1000Mbit/s on Quality of Service (QoS) enabled shared infrastructure (Metro Ethernet). It offers secure direct location-to-location connectivity for flexible transmission with higher bandwidth and service multiplexing. Bandwidth can be added in small increments via software changes – so you only pay for what you need. You can provision your own layer 3 services, like video or voice on the foundation of the Ethernet Express service giving you the flexibility you need for your connectivity needs.
Openserve provides and manages all TCEs for the solution reactively.
Openserve WebReach is a Dedicated Internet Access service provided by Openserve on OSNet. The perfect IP Transit service encompassing cost-effectiveness and reach. Openserve’s WebReach interconnects to multiple Top 10 Global IP Transit providers with Points-of-Presence across Europe, Africa and Asia.
Transit is offered via Openserve’s Global Capacity comprising a redundant submarine fibre ring around the continent and robust dual terrestrial fibre routes into South Africa’s neighbouring countries.
Peering arrangements at LINX, AMS-IX, DE-CIX and NAP Africa delivers added convenience to the comprehensive solution.
Metro Ethernet is an Ethernet transport network that offers customers high-speed, reliability of communication and enhanced security connectivity in a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) and between different Metros.
Metro Ethernet provides point-to-point or multipoint connectivity services over a metropolitan area network (MAN).
Available in two options:
Ethernet Express is a point-to-point Ethernet symmetrical service providing bandwidth options of 1-1000Mbit/s on Quality of Service (QoS) enabled shared infrastructure (Metro Ethernet).
It can be configured as Ethernet Private Line (EPL) or Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL). Bandwidth can be added in small increments via software changes – so you only pay for what you need. You can provision your own layer 3 services, like video or voice on the foundation of the Ethernet Express service giving you the flexibility you need for your connectivity needs.
The product support multiple access technologies and they can work interchangeably.
MetroClear offers MultiPoint-to-MultiPoint (MP2MP) layer 2 Ethernet service providing bandwidth options of 1-1000Mbit/s on Quality of Service (QoS) enabled shared infrastructure (Metro Ethernet
The product offers cost-effective, high-speed connectivity within and between cities designed perfect for your business to connect multiple locations. It can be configured as Ethernet Private LAN (EPLAN) or Ethernet Virtual Private LAN (EVPLAN). It offers three classes of service (real-time, business data and general data) concurrently.
To check whether your area is covered, visit our coverage map (http://openserve.co.za/open/fibre/). Should your area not be covered, you will be presented with an option to log an interest.
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1. Broadband services provided over ADSL is a shared service (“best effort”) which means the potential speed that can be obtained will depend on the load on the line at the time of surfing the net.
2. The provision of Telkom’s ADSL is subject to network availability, distance between closest exchange and installation address, copper line quality and line sync speed limitations.
3. The provision of Telkom’s Fibre Connect service is subject to network availability, but service quality is not impacted by distance from exchange.
4. Telkom accepts no liability for any loss or damage to the property or equipment of the customer arising out of the provision, installation or maintenance of Telkom’s broadband access service.
5. Broadband (ADSL & Fibre) is an access medium to the Internet or your preferred ISP and will not overcome any bandwidth related constraints within the World Wide Web itself.
6. Telkom modems are covered by a 12-month carry-in guarantee. The warranty does not include surge or lightning damage. We highly recommend that an external surge protection device be used.
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8. Where a customer requests a transfer of his service to another building/premises and retain the broadband bundle, the customer’s contract will not be affected and no penalty/early termination charge will apply- however, installation charges will apply at the new building/premises, and provisioning of the service will be subject to a successful feasibility study pertaining to that specific new premises.
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The Voice Transit product enables Licensed Operators to reach and successfully terminate their traffic to their desired destinations without having a direct interconnection.
Openserve is currently offering this service to all ECS/ECNS operators for the following call scenarios:
National: Calls from Licensed Operator to Licensed Operator.
International: Calls from Licensed Operator to international destinations.
Interconnection offers your customer base the ability to make/receive calls to/from Telkom subscribers. Licensed Operators (LO) enjoy a seamless and efficient network. The interconnect access medium allows LO’s to utilise TDM or SIP technologies.
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Openserve’s Capacity Lease provides customers with the necessary transmission capacity requirements through its vast access to various subsea cables.
In addition, Openserve has the rights and licenses for when the service is extended beyond the country at which the cable lands. In the case of the WACS and EASSy submarine cables we have the right to sell full circuits to local licensed operators. The WACS cable specifically, offers GE and 10GE interfaces which terminate multiples of concatenated AU-4s.
Our capacity lease service offers bandwidth from 2Mbps to STM-64 where applicable.
Metro Clear is a wholesale dedicated data transfer point-of-presence service from a pre-determined PoP in SA to specific foreign PoPs, via specific world-class routing infrastructure.
Offers end-users high-speed connectivity between multiple sites with increased economies of scale to higher bandwidths.
The Ethernet interface is relatively inexpensive and bandwidth can be added in small increments via software changes – so you only pay for what you need.
You can provision your own value-add Layer 3 services on top of the Metro Clear service.
Metro Ethernet is a cost-effective alternative to ATM and offers higher bandwidth options.
Granular bandwidth pricing on a per bandwidth unit (Mbps) basis.
ME is a Quality of Service (QoS) enabled service and offers scalability based on customer needs.
ME integrates easily with existing infrastructure.
The Diginet product is a dedicated, synchronous data transfer service that provides round the-clock, secure, high quality, point-to-point services over a digital transmission network (Martis). Diginet is offered at speeds ranging from 64 Kbps to 1984 Kbps, in increments of 64 Kbps. Diginet services convey digital speech and video signals on a point-to-point basis, allowing users to develop highly efficient integrated voice/data networks, and offering new opportunities in the growing broadband multimedia market.
Licensed Operators who utilize their data network for most of the day on applications needing constant bandwidth, will benefit immensely from the Diginet service.
Diginet‘s availability in 1900 exchanges (Points of Presence), makes the service available throughout the country.
Interconnection offers your customer base the ability to make/receive calls to/from Telkom subscribers.
Licensed Operators (LO) enjoy a seamless and efficient network.
The interconnect access medium allows LO’s to utilise TDM or SIP technologies.
City-to-City (C2C) service provides the customer with a secure PoP-to-PoP data connection at a constant throughout (bit rate) from a South African PoP to a specific PoP outside the borders.
Customers with high volumes of data transmission and high-security needs in the transfer of information will find C2C suitable.
The service is enabled by specific submarine cable systems with transmission speeds ranging from 2Mbit/s up to STM-64, depending on submarine cable utilized.
17 October 2016
Openserve and Huawei Join Forces for Seven-Fold Increase in Fibre Network Provision across South Africa
Openserve, Africa’s largest integrated communications company, and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, have jointly announced the successful deployment of a high-speed fibre packet and optical transport network. This will enable Openserve to respond to the exponential growth in demand for data services across South Africa, with trial results indicating a seven-fold increase in the speed of fibre deployment.
The network will support 8Tbps per fibre, with one pair of fibre supporting 400 000 families with 20Mbps bandwidth per family concurrently. It uses a future-oriented Software Defined Networking (SDN) architecture based on IP and optical synergy. The core network deployment started in Gauteng and is currently being rolled out nationally.
Openserve is currently in the process finalisation phase before implementation and is investigating future services which would also use SDN architecture.
Alphonzo Samuels, CEO of Openserve, said, “We insisted on this architecture, when we began designing our packet and optical transport network in 2014.
“With the quick service provisioning and smart management that SDN brings, we can quickly develop more innovative services to meet various customer requirements, improving our competitive position in South Africa’s telecom market. The successful deployment of the packet and optical transport network will be the first step in reconstructing our network architecture in the future. I am proud of my team and look forward to further successes in follow-up cooperation with Huawei.”
David Wang, President of Huawei Network Product Line, said “We are honoured to provide Openserve with our leading SDN based transport solution which includes IP and optical transmission systems and a SDN controller. The long-term partnership between Openserve and Huawei is helping propel rapid development of the SDN industry. Huawei will continue to improve its innovative SDN solutions, helping Openserve achieve greater business success.”
Openserve will continue to collaborate in SDN Innovation, from transport network to cloud service, in order to meet the challenges of a digital future.
27 October 2015
Openserve Announces Fibre Rollout to 10 000 homes in Pretoria
Openserve, the wholesale division of Telkom, today announced that more than 10 000 Pretoria East homes, including Faerie Glen and Garsfontein, will have access to fibre technology by end December 2015, making this area the latest in the company’s fibre rollout strategy.
Openserve was launched earlier this month as part of Telkom’s ongoing efforts to strengthen customer focus.
“Openserve is committed to Telkom’s goal of reaching one million homes with fibre access by 2018 and already has the largest fibre network in the country,” said Openserve MD Alphonzo Samuels. “We want to significantly impact broadband in South Africa and fibre offers the best internet experience.”
At the end of September Telkom announced fibre rollout in Bryanston as well as to multiple additional suburbs of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Port Elizabeth.
Fibre to the Home currently allows for download speeds of up to 100Mbps, allowing users to download a standard definition 4.7GB video in under seven minutes. An entire music album can be downloaded in eight seconds.
Fibre optic cables transmit light and is thus not affected by interference from electromagnetic noise such as radios, motors, power lines, electric fences or other cables. Consequently, fibre broadband offers greater reliability and stability.
Openserve’s coverage map allows consumers to check fibre availability for their areas. Go to http://www.openserve.co.za. Coverage maps are regularly updated as Openserve expands its fibre network.
13 October 2015
Telkom launches redesigned wholesale division
Telkom today launches Openserve, the company’s redesigned wholesale and networks division. Openserve will be a distinct business unit within the Telkom Group, which is formed as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to strengthen customer focus through a more flexible and agile operating model. The separation heralds a new era in the Telkom group as it prepares to welcome a more open access environment and all the opportunities it offers. This move is also in line with Telkom’s turnaround strategy to separate its wholesale and retail divisions to facilitate greater focus, accountability and most importantly, customer-centricity.
“Over the past two years, our strategy has delivered positive results, but it is not yet complete. We have tackled inefficiency, complexity and high costs and our quest to improve our customer experience remains a primary focus. But to fundamentally change the way we do business, while also working to take up a meaningful and impactful role in an increasingly open-access environment, we have had to review our operating model,” said Telkom GCEO Sipho Maseko.
As part of Telkom’s transformation journey, the company has created distinct business units. Separation is important for Telkom as it facilitates the independence of the Consumer division from the Wholesale and Networks division. Through this separation, Telkom will improve its customer focus and establish clearer lines of accountability. As a stand-alone business unit within Telkom, Openserve will be autonomous and will be responsible for its own profit and loss account.
07 June 2016
Openserve welcomes its Networks team into the fold
7th of June marks the formal integration of the Networks organisation from Telkom into the newest brand in the Group, Openserve. More than 8 600 employees from the network division will join Openserve, South Africa’s largest communications infrastructure provider with the biggest broadband network.
In October 2015, Openserve was launched as the redesigned wholesale division of the Telkom group, in what was the first step in journey towards separating the Wholesale and Networks business, from the rest of the company. The staff being transferred is mainly the engineers and technicians that are responsible for Technology and network strategy, Planning, Engineering, build as well as fulfilment and assurance of both the core and the access network, says Alphonzo Samuels, CEO of Openserve.
“When we say our vision is to be an open connectivity provider people can count on, we are addressing a national imperative – to address the digital divide and to democratise broadband access. It is a wonderful opportunity to help grow the country we call home and it is a critical opportunity to build a sustainable business,” said Samuels.
Samuels emphasised to the South African public that the integration will touch more than just our staff in the field. Over time, Openserve branding will also be visible on its extensive network infrastructure and vehicles across the country.
“Increasingly our technicians and outsourced partners will arrive at your premises to install services or effect repairs, on behalf of your preferred Service Provider, in Openserve-branded uniforms and vehicles.” said Samuels. The phased rebranding of the Networks teams will take a few months. Should any customer wish to verify the authenticity of a visiting technician, the customer should please request the Openserve identification, from the technician.
“We would like to thank all South Africans for their patience as we complete this brand move. Please make use of our toll free number, 0800 47 47 47, if you wish to verify any of our employees. Also, please remember that our technicians must be able to cite you a project, order or fault reference number upon arrival at your premises,” concluded Samuels.
EasyVPN is a Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) Virtual Private Network (VPN). It offers a basic VPN (a closed user group of connections) associated to a realm.
The reseller must have their own RADIUS server to create and manage their end user VPNs. The Licensed Operator acquires these VPNs and resells them to their end-users.
EasyVPN offers advantages over the current Internet VPNs (using IPSec or SSL tunneling protocols) that resellers provide today. It is easy to configure and manage. It provides network security (by using Openserve’s private IP network) as well as allows resellers to bill for usage.
EasyVPN segments VPN traffic from the Internet. EasyVPN is a best-effort service and there are no Service Level Agreements (SLAs) coupled to the product or the Copper Connect access into the VPN.
Copper Connect is a pure wholesale service and requires a POTS service at the end-user premises.
The technically comprehensive service means you only need to install, setup and configure a modem to your customer.
You can rebrand and on-sell it to your customers. It offers the customer SLA best-effort service with no SLAs.