Simba, the crisp-making subsidiary of the Pepsico Group, has implemented a 25 Megabit per second (Mbps) fibre line from Internet Service Provider (ISP) XDSL at its headquarters in Isando.The line replaces a legacy 2Mbps Diginet solution to deliver improved connectivity between the South African and global offices of Pepsico and enable the local adoption of cloud-hosted office productivity solutions.
Says Derick Neethling, service delivery manager for Simba’s Business Information Systems: “The increased capacity and speed of the fibre line drives productivity and has improved satisfaction amongst the users. It also assists Simba to meet the global standards for communication and operations set by Pepsico.”
In early 2013, Simba identified the need for additional bandwidth to connect to Pepsico globally. It approached XDSL to pilot its superfast broadband fibre offering which had, at the time, just been announced. XDSL proposed fibre optic connectivity – a 17Mbps line burstable to 25Mbps.
Notes Danie Fourie, Director at XDSL: “The launch of our super-broadband services was well timed – more applications and services are moving into the cloud and the volumes of data being up- and downloaded are increasing rapidly, making stable high-speed connectivity essential. Pepsico has set high standards for its subsidiaries globally and fibre connectivity enables the local operation to leverage evolving technology in an always-on, always connected business environment.”
Says Neethling: “Pepsico follows a global model in every market in which it is active, making use of standard internationally-driven solutions for all business-related activities, from manufacturing to logistics, IT, finances, sales and marketing. The South African region is part of its central strategy and the success of the fibre line is a motivator to move to fibre and leverage last mile connectivity mediums to enhance communications. "The line has given us 10 times the bandwidth we previously had. It has improved performance for users and created a platform on which to roll out additional solutions, such as Office 365, the cloud-hosted Microsoft Office suite.”
The fibre optic line is primarily used for Simba’s email system which has 1000+ users. “Our primary requirement was guaranteed throughput and scalability. Scalability is vital as it will allow us to increase capacity on demand, supporting the sustainable growth of Pepsico’s operations in the region,” says Neethling.
Notes Fourie: “Our fibre solutions, which are available in 25, 50 and 100Mbps offerings, are uncapped, unshaped and uncontended, and completely scalable. As Simba’s requirement increases, we are able to increase the capacity of the line as needed. We are presently considering increasing capacity to 75Mbps.
XDSL leverages the fibre networks of key national and international carrier providers, including Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Telkom. It has major capacity on the WACS, SAT 3 and Seacom cables with Points of Presence (POPs) in nine data centres, from where it provides full time monitoring and management of client networks. Multiple failovers on its network ensure customers stay connected 24/7/365.
Looking ahead, Neethling notes that getting broadband to the last mile is fast becoming a reality in South Africa, “the next challenge is to leverage infrastructure to enhance mobility”.