NAPAfrica Introduces Precise Time-as-a-Service with Adtran’s Oscilloquartz Technology

NAPAfrica partners with Adtran to offer enterprise clients accurate time-as-a-service, enhancing digital services across Africa.

NAPAfrica, Africa’s leading Internet eXchange Point (IXP) and the sixth largest exchange globally, will offer clients a network time protocol (NTP) service using Adtran’s Oscilloquartz synchronisation technology to offer enterprise clients highly accurate, secure, and reliable time-as-a-service (TaaS), enabling organisations to meet stringent timing requirements.

While empowering our clients with precise timing capabilities, Teraco is also using the solution to synchronise its own data centre interconnect network and systems. Now available at, our new NTP service provides enterprise clients with a more efficient, scalable, and cost-effective route to network synchronisation and an alternative to investing in their own timing and synchronisation infrastructure.

Our timing platform is set to accelerate the growth of digital services across our regional footprint. From optimising IoT processes in the manufacturing sector to providing precise time information needed for low-latency operations, the benefits will be far-reaching.

Andrew Owens, Lead for Interconnection & Peering, Teraco

Teraco collaborated with Adtran and NEC XON for the deployment of Adtran’s OSA 5412 platform. This versatile grandmaster clock and NTP server with multi-band GNSS capabilities ensures the delivery of precision timing for network operators, utilities, financial institutions, government agencies, and more.

Teraco’s offering is now available to a wide range of businesses, giving operators access to an incredibly accurate, robust timing and synchronisation service at the push of a button.

Stuart Broome, GM of EMEA sales, Adtran

NAPAfrica has solidified its position as the cornerstone for organisations, addressing their internet, communication, and cloud adoption needs. The surge in network demand and the substantial investments in critical telecoms infrastructure across Africa have contributed to NAPAfrica’s growth. This expansion has happened in tandem with the continent’s rising demand for cloud services from the likes of Akamai, Amazon Web Services, Cloudflare, Microsoft Azure, and Zscaler.

Enterprises are capitalising on peering advantages within the NAPAfrica ecosystem, connecting with cloud deployments, content providers, networks, and security providers to transition towards a more streamlined digital economy.

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