The landing station allows Neotel to offer competitively priced international services that are not carried over its fixed-line rival Telkom?s national network at any point.
"Neotel obtains international capacity on SAT-3 (routes to the West) and SAFE (routes to the East) at competitive rates, and is able to pass the cost benefits on to customers of services that depend on these routes," it said.
It has already set up its own equipment in KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town, at the Mtunzini and Melkbosstrand landing stations of the SAT-3/SAFE undersea cable system respectively, connected directly over its own high-availability optical fibre routes into its national network.
It will also be offering long-term capacity on SEACOM, which will be available from June 2009, linking South Africa to Europe along the east coast of Africa.
For the first time, users of international leased line telecommunications services out of South Africa have a real choice of carrier, rather than just of re-seller, enabling them to switch to their preferred provider, or simply to implement redundancy to reduce their business risk," said Neotel's chief technology officer, Dr Angus Hay.
Hay said that customers already using NeoLink Global - a flexible international leased line service that includes global Ethernet as an option - would receive an end-to-end service that makes exclusive use of Neotel's network for connectivity within South Africa.