VTS Launches First Commercial Deployment of TIP’s Cassini Solution in Africa

News | June 26, 2021 1:04 PM


We are delighted to announce that production units of the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) Cassini solution are now live in the heart of West Africa – Burkina Faso. Virtual Technologies & Solutions (VTS) successfully interconnected the capital, Ouagadougou with Dakola in the south through 200km of 200Gbps fiber allowing them to extend their capacity from West Africa Cable System (WACS), ACE and MainOne using Cassini, TIP’s disaggregated coherent switch and open packet transponder built by Edgecore Networks.

Cassini was developed by TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport (OOPT) Project Group and is the industry’s highest capacity and first modular open packet transponder, offering a flexible mix of 100 Gigabit Ethernet packet switching ports and 100/200 Gbps coherent optical interfaces for data center interconnect and service provider backhaul use cases. The networking stack is based on OcNOS from IP Infusion, the industry’s first full-featured network OS for whitebox disaggregated network solutions and provides transition from traditional networks to open networks.

Abdou Dia, CEO of VTS said: “This 200Gbps link is the first of its kind in Burkina Faso and will deliver faster, more reliable connectivity for all of our customers. We would like to thank TIP, Edgecore Networks and IP Infusion who contributed to this success.“

David Hutton, Chief Engineer of TIP, said: “We are pleased VTS has decided to use TIP’s Cassini solution to help expand the reach of connectivity and the adoption of digital technologies in Burkina Faso.”


About Virtual Technologies & Solutions
Virtual Technologies and Solutions was launched in 2016 by a small, yet dedicated team who wanted to create an Internet Service that would fully meet the requirement of providing fast and reliable connectivity in Burkina Faso.

Our approach is client centric and we are focused on delivering a level of service and support unparalleled by any other provider in Burkina Faso to our clients/customers. We offer exceptional support 24/7 to ensure we are meeting the demands of even the most demanding clients. We are experienced, approachable and committed to what we do.

Our vision has always been to provide a full range of services at affordable prices to suit a variety of clients including residential, wholesale, enterprises and much more. We are very unique as our core global internet connectivity is presented in Ghana, United Kingdom, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and United States where we have multiple transit and peering connections with a variety of global networks. This allows us to ensure our clients are connected in in the shortest amount of time using the most direct paths.

We continue to invest heavily in our infrastructure ensuring its future proof to meet demand and also ensuring we stay at the very forefront of being the leading ISP in the country and region. We have come a long way in short period of time and we represent one of the success stories on the Burkina Faso internet market and we have done this with minimal advertising campaigns but purely from our customer loyalty and word of mouth.

About the Telecom Infra Project
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity. Half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet, and for those who are, connectivity is often insufficient. This limits access to the multitude of consumer and commercial benefits provided by the internet, thereby impacting GDP growth globally. However, a lack of flexibility in the current solutions – exacerbated by a limited choice in technology providers – makes it challenging for operators to efficiently build and upgrade networks. Founded in 2016, TIP is a community of diverse members that includes hundreds of companies – from service providers and technology partners, to systems integrators and other connectivity stakeholders. We are working together to develop, test and deploy open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions that deliver the high quality connectivity that the world needs – now and in the decades to come.


Source: TIP Project

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