CMC Marketplace Launched to Transform Connectivity in Africa, Middle East

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DateMay 23, 2024

CMC Networks, a global Tier 1 service provider, has unveiled its CMC Marketplace platform, designed to transform on-demand connectivity pricing, automation, and service procurement in Africa and the Middle East. CMC Networks claims its platform to stand as the largest connectivity marketplace in the wholesale market, catering to businesses either operating within or aiming to enter these regions. It offers firm access pricing for over 10 million locations spanning 60 countries.

The CMC Marketplace functions as a comprehensive on-demand service catalogue, enabling businesses to automate pricing and procurement for a diverse range of network services. CMC Networks has augmented the zone-based pricing logic of its marketplace platform, ensuring firm access pricing across key metropolitan areas and cities. This enhancement covers all forms of CMC Networks’ Direct Internet Access (DIA) solutions, including Silver, Gold, and IP Premier options.

Marisa Trisolino, CEO of CMC Networks, highlighted the transformative potential of the CMC Marketplace, emphasizing its role in facilitating business expansion across Africa and the Middle East. “CMC Marketplace is a real game-changer for businesses looking to expand their capabilities across Africa and the Middle East. We’ve seen first-hand the challenges that international businesses face in these regions, and we’re determined to make their lives easier. CMC Marketplace isn’t just a product, it’s a promise of smoother operations and greater transparency when dealing with connectivity pricing and procurement across the MEA region.”

Footprint across Africa and the Middle East

“CMC Marketplace is a real game-changer for businesses looking to expand their capabilities across Africa and the Middle East,” said Marisa Trisolino, CEO of CMC NetworksPowered by Connectbase, the CMC Marketplace digitizes more reach in Africa and the Middle East than any other platform, offering an unprecedented level of automation and execution. This innovation allows some of the world’s largest global telecommunications companies to access service feasibility and pricing in the MEA region, thereby accelerating time-to-market and simplifying business expansion. The platform’s capabilities are continuously being expanded, with the introduction of VSAT satellite services anticipated in Q3 2024. Additionally, CMC Networks is developing its MEF Sonata API for sell-side integrations, providing Carrier Ethernet and Internet Access to any buyers utilizing Sonata APIs.

Geoff Dornan, CTO of CMC Networks, underscored the strategic significance of the new marketplace, saying, “The launch of our on-demand marketplace is another step forward in streamlining how organizations connect and do business in some of the fastest-growing markets in the world. CMC Networks’ widespread footprint across Africa and the Middle East is making it easier than ever for businesses to enter new markets and bring their services to a wider pool of customers. Our platform is all about keeping up with customers’ ever-changing connectivity needs, and we’ve got some exciting updates in the pipeline.”

CMC Networks boasts the largest pan-African network, covering 51 out of 54 countries in Africa and 11 countries in the Middle East. It also maintains regional hubs in key interconnect locations across Europe, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific region. The CMC Marketplace offers both local and international customers up-to-date insights into the connectivity landscape across MEA, along with seamless service procurement from anywhere in the world.

With the potential to improve price and procurement process transparency and optimize connection operations, this launch might represent another turning point for the telecom industry. With the potential to drive growth and facilitate easier market entrance for companies worldwide, the CMC Marketplace is probably positioned to play a significant role in the digital transformation of corporate operations throughout Africa and the Middle East.

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