Paratus selects Infinera’s ICE6 800G Solution for the Equiano Cable System

As the connectivity speed needs of our clients increase, Paratus accommodates this market evolution, deploying infrastructure capable of responding to the demand, and for this reason, we have signed a technological and strategic partnership with Infinera.

With the landing of the Equiano submarine cable in June of 2022 in Namibia, the Paratus Group has established a partnership with Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), a pioneer of advanced optical networking solutions, in order to provide better services in the coming months.

Schalk Erasmus, CEO of the Paratus Group, stresses: “It is imperative to select top technology partners, as is the case in the partnership with Infinera, both for the modernization of the submarine network infrastructure, and for the quality of network provided by the Group to its customers and surrounding communities.”

“Paratus have worked with Infinera for a number of years on other projects, and this partnership allows Paratus to provide connectivity that is 20 times faster in capacity, modern and flexible to ensure economies of scale, and offers efficiency in the services that the Paratus Group provides throughout its seven operating countries.”

Infinera is a top global provider of optical transmission equipment, with innovative infrastructure solutions that enable carriers, cloud providers and other institutions to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and automate network operations. With the expansion of the compact modular GX platform, Infinera’s system has a wavelength of 800 Gbps capacity, enabling the Paratus Group’s fiber optic network to perform better in both upload and download speeds.

“Infinera is pleased with the deep partnership we have enjoyed with Paratus,” said Robert Maher, Infinera’s CTO based in San Jose, USA. “Our highly vertically integrated industry-leading ICE6 technology provides Paratus with the industry’s highest capacity solution enabling Paratus to continue to offer best-in-class services to their customers.”

The connection to the Equiano cable is critical to meet the current and future connectivity requirements of Namibia and international connectivity, including its landlocked neighbours such as Botswana and Zambia.

The volume of data and information being shared worldwide has grown significantly in recent years, and the Equiano cable will strengthen and improve communications primarily from Namibia.

According to the economic impact assessment report commissioned by Google, the cable will not only provide 20 times more capacity than is currently available in Namibia but will also create greater communications diversity and economic opportunities in the region. The agreement gives operators access to the cable’s capacity, which ensures better connectivity stability in the country, but also lower latency and speed in global data transmission.


About Paratus

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 more than 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.

About Infinera

Infinera is a global supplier of innovative open optical networking solutions and advanced optical semiconductors that enable carriers, cloud operators, governments, and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation, and automate network operations. Infinera solutions deliver industry-leading economics and performance in long-haul, submarine, data center interconnect, and metro transport applications. To learn more about Infinera, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and subscribe for updates.