Paratus express route from Jhb to Europe goes live

Johannesburg, 15 Apr 2024
The route is now live.
The route is now live.

Paratus Group announces that it has now launched the fastest fibre express route from Johannesburg to Europe, according to the company. Using Infinera FlexILS and GX Series DWDM equipment, latency on the new route is just 123 milliseconds and the state-of-the-art Infinera equipment can support wavelengths of up to 800Gb. The news comes as Paratus, the pan-African telecommunications group, has just completed its 1 890kms fibre link between Johannesburg, via Botswana, to Swakopmund, which connects with the Paratus landed Equiano subsea cable that runs from Namibia to Lisbon and on to London and the rest of Europe.

Massive investment by the Paratus Group in its contiguous and diverse fibre network has resulted in the fastest route between Johannesburg and Lisbon, delivering a much lower latency compared to other similar routes. The route is live now that the Johannesburg to Lobatse link is complete, along with the Paratus built Botswana Kalahari Fiber (BKF), which stretches across Botswana into Namibia to connect to the Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Swakopmund.

The new Paratus express route offers network operators an unequalled opportunity to elevate their capacity and redundancy where resilience and high-speed performance come as standard. This guarantees smooth data flow and less interruption of service. Paratus is the landing partner for the Equiano subsea cable in Namibia, which offers an alternative route out of South Africa and mitigates against possible fibre outages between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The news also comes at a time when network disruptions abound in Africa, particularly after recent subsea cable breaks, and gives network operators an alternative high-speed and resilient connection.

Paratus Group Chief Commercial Officer, Martin Cox, says the new fibre express route uniquely combines local expertise with global reach. “As a steadfast partner with pan-African expertise, we offer unrivalled wholesale capacity solutions for network operators. Because we understand the unique connectivity needs of the various regions, we have tailored our solutions to meet their specific requirements. Culminating in this unique express route, we can now offer carriers and operators a diverse and unequalled transmission route to Europe. It’s simply the best.”

CEO of Paratus Group, Schalk Erasmus, adds: “Our continual investment in creating Africa’s quality network is now extended with the launch of this express route. This is an exciting time for network operators in South Africa because they can now procure the fastest and most robust connectivity from Johannesburg to Europe.”



Paratus is Africa’s quality network. With an eye on the future, the group’s investment in infrastructure underscores its long-term commitment to transform Africa through exceptional digital infrastructure and customer service. Paratus is managed by a passionate and professional operational team in seven African countries – Angola, Botswana, DRC, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. The business’s extended network provides a satellite connectivity-focused service in over 35 African countries to a magnitude of customer satellite connections across Africa. This connects African businesses across the continent and delivers end-to-end service excellence. The group’s footprint extends beyond Africa to international (points of presence) PoPs in Europe, the UK, and the USA.   

Born and bred in Africa, Paratus is thinking big as it grows its footprint to deliver Africa’s quality network.  By understanding the unique opportunities that Africa offers businesses and individuals to break boundaries and to connect without limits, Paratus is committed to raising the bar for providing quality connectivity in Africa.  

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