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Telehouse enters South African colocation market with Teraco Data Environments

London, UK

Telehouse and Teraco Data Environments Pty ('Teraco') today announced a key strategic alliance to meet the needs of customers seeking carrier neutral colocation and data centre space in South Africa. Demand for space is being driven by global events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup football, as well as the delivery of significant undersea cable networks and the rapid deregulation of telecommunications in the country.

Under this agreement, dedicated data centre space in Cape Town and Johannesburg will be opened under the Telehouse brand and operated, supported and maintained by Teraco to Telehouse's global operating standards, which include detailed attention to power, cooling, security and customer-focused operations.

Tim Parsonson, Group CEO of Teraco comments 'Telehouse has an impressive heritage in the data centre industry, a very strong international customer base and a reputation for high levels of reliability and security. We have built a unique facility in South Africa and we look forward to welcoming customers into the dedicated spaces, which will be known as 'Telehouse Johannesburg' and 'Telehouse Cape Town' respectively.

Discussing the strategic partnership Andrew Fray, Business Development Director at Telehouse London said: 'This is a major step forward for Telehouse as we seek to establish our footprint in Africa. Teraco is an ideal partner as it is the first carrier neutral and supplier neutral data center operator in South Africa. We can now offer Telehouse customers secure managed colocation space in two major cities and a one-stop-shop for those seeking space in UK, South Africa and, for that matter, other Telehouse locations around the world. This is a great opportunity for carriers, ISPs, ASPs and enterprise customers to establish a firm foothold in Africa to support their critical ICT infrastructures Telehouse aims to establish further partnerships in the region to meet the need for world class facilities'

Teraco's Cape Town site was opened in February 2009 and the Johannesburg site will open in early 2010. Both sites offer superior levels of power, cooling, back-up and security and room for further expansion. The spaces are also very economical compared to some of the premium rates levied in Europe. Telehouse Johannesburg and Cape Town will be attractive to any multinational company with physical operations in Southern Africa, particularly as the telecoms market deregulates and diversifies, thereby making South Africa a natural communications hub in the region.

'With deregulation, we can predict rapid evolution of the market over the next two years. Already we are seeing significant activity in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and now is a good time for companies to build a reliable point of presence here' concluded Mr. Parsonson.

About Telehouse Europe

Telehouse Europe offers data centre facilities and connectivity, providing a secure and resilient platform for mission critical IT systems. Established in 1988, Telehouse became Europe's first purpose-built neutral colocation provider. Today, the company is at the heart of the Internet and telecommunications infrastructure, serving over 700 major customers worldwide, from small start-ups to multinationals across a wide range of industries. It is a subsidiary of Japanese corporation KDDI, a Global 300 company and, with its sister company Telehouse America, is able to offer a global network covering Europe, America and Asia. For more information, please visit

Press Contact:

Dionne Aiken
Marketing Manager
T: +44 (0)20 7512 4451

About Teraco

Founded in 2007, Teraco is South Africa's first provider of vendor neutral Data Centres, with an absolute focus on building and operating its facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town to global best practice. This gives customers a technically superior, physically more secure and lower cost environment for their information systems. Strictly enforced access control, uncompromised security, guaranteed power, advanced fire protection, efficient cooling and N+1 redundancy throughout ensures hardware availability. As business needs change, resources can be rapidly and flexibly scaled. Unrestricted choice of network and service provider allows customers to manage traffic to get better value or performance, and creates an open market for partnerships between customers, networks and service providers. Leading international investors and Treacle Private Equity, a black owned South African private equity group, back Teraco. The company is a Level 4 contributor (DTI Codes). For more information, please visit

Press Contact:

Elzaan Rohde
Account Director
Sentient Communications
T: +27 21 422 4275

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