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Invests R100m in outsourcing market
IN ANOTHER SIGN that Vodacom’s split from Telkom isn’t just a shareholder restructuring but an operational fact, the cellphone operator’s networking arm last week unveiled a state of the art Internet Data Centre (IDC). Vodacom Business’s new R100m IDC located next to its Midrand head office is the culmination of a project started 18 months ago to invest in its own back-haul infrastructure of optic fibre and copper cables (and greatly reduce its dependence on Telkom).
The IDC is Vodacom’s biggest foray into the outsourcing market and is a big step forward in its diversification strategy to become a fully fledged ICT company. “Outsourcing accounts for 40% of IT or R20bn spend in the country and is also growing at the fastest rate,” says Vodacom Business executive director, Wally Beelders. “Thanks to advanced virtualisation technologies, we’ll be able to host any company – from large banks to micro enterprises at the IDC.”
Beelders says the data centre isn’t just Vodacom Business’s play in the bandwidth space: the aim is to provide services and applications on top of the infrastructure it has put in place. “Bandwidth costs will reduce by a factor of eight or 10 over the short to medium term. The bandwidth market [for providers] will implode.”
Vodacom Business will open a similar facility in Cape Town in September/October next year and north of Durban thereafter to access the undersea fibre cables being laid around Africa.