Broadband has had a significant impact on the way we operate in the world today, be it in our individual or business environments. Access to high-speed broadband has changed the way we work, interact and live, which will further continue to impact societies across all industries.
A variety of undersea cables are now supplying South Africa with much needed international bandwidth, leading to a demand in backbone technologies that are capable of carrying this bandwidth nationally. Through this, Hymax saw an opportunity to build its own “best of breed” Tier 1 national carrier network, which went live in 2012. Backed by key shareholders in the ICT sector, Hymax has designed and invested in a next-generation carrier Ethernet infrastructure that is scalable, reliable and built with future growth in mind.
Hymax, which originally came from a voice background, has evolved into a voice, data and cloud service provider, identifying it as a modern carrier network. This evolution was made possible due to its core infrastructure that has an MPLS overlay, allowing for rapid convergence and differentiated service classes.
Philip Wessels, Executive at Hymax, says: “For so many years South Africa has been deprived of high-speed quality access to Internet and this can largely be blamed on the state of the last mile, which, until recently, has all been based on legacy copper infrastructure.”
Fortunately, the last mile landscape is rapidly changing in South Africa through the significant investment by a handful of Open Access infrastructure providers, both in the metro areas as well as the national long haul routes. Wessels adds: “We believe that the future of telecommunications will be dominated by fibre-optics through Open Access infrastructure providers”
Hymax has adopted the strap-line: “Follow the Fibre”. In addition to its national core infrastructure with regional points of presence, Hymax has built a Carrier Ethernet Aggregation network in each of the main urban centres.
The Metro Network has been built using local aggregation nodes linked in redundant fibre rings. Through partnerships with fibre infrastructure providers such as Dark Fibre Africa and Conduct, Hymax is able to offer cost-effective termination to most endpoints in metropolitan areas. Wessels says: “Access to all the technology out there is not possible without a dedicated, scalable and guaranteed last mile link and we believe that fibre connectivity is the enabler to all these technologies.” As a result, Hymax is focused on deploying last mile fibre connectivity to all its existing and new customers.
This is a vastly different company to the one founded 21 years ago, and Hymax has certainly started to change the connectivity landscape in South Africa.