14 Oct 2020

BSO has launched its new ultra low latency network between London and South Africa

With an estimated market capitalisation of US$1 billion, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is helping to lead increased confidence in emerging markets. South Africa is re-emerging as a lucrative haven for capital markets. BSO has launched its new ultra low latency network between London and South Africa, allowing trading firms to have the fastest route to the JSE in the market. Read on to learn more about our new London to Africa network.

Responding to crisis

As an emerging market, South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange has proven to be increasingly resilient in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a recent interview, JSE’s CEO Leila Fourie explained the reasons for this robustness stating:

“Like the US, the JSE has bounced back far quicker because of the dual listed companies and the performance of companies which are invested in high tech multinationals and resources which tend to follow a different trend to what we see in the real economy.”

London-Africa network: Making it easier for international traders

South Africa has been increasingly attractive to international investors, particularly for trading firms seeking to maximise opportunities in the capital markets. While South Africa’s capital markets have been open to investors there are steps to making trading on the JSE much easier for trading firms with the government proposing to remove exchange controls. This is where the efficiency of an ultra low latency London-Africa network will become especially useful for traders and firms.

The JSE is currently advocating for a change in the law to allow for dollar-dominated margins and settlements, at the moment settlement is done in rands. 

JSE’s CEO Leila Fourie explains:

“There’s a genuine possibility that we could put forward a policy proposal to enable dollar-denominated margins and settlements.”

BSO: Connecting London to Africa with it's ultra low latency network

South Africa’s capital markets are ripe for international investors now and will continue to be so in the future. BSO’s new and enhanced ultra low latency London-Africa network service to the JSE will allow firms to access South Africa with the fastest network on the market. 

Our decades of experience serving the financial markets, paired with our network engineering expertise, make us a connectivity partner of choice for data-intensive trading firms and businesses looking to trade African markets. 

Are you interested in trading in South Africa? Speak to our experts on hello@bso.co

References: https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/430712/jse-chief-executive-on-removing-exchange-controls/

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The company was founded in 2004 and serves the world’s largest financial institutions. BSO is a global pioneering infrastructure and connectivity provider, helping over 600 data-intensive businesses across diverse markets, including financial services, technology, energy, e-commerce, media and others. BSO owns and provides mission-critical infrastructure, including network connectivity, cloud solutions, managed services and hosting, that are specific and dedicated to each customer served.

The company’s network comprises 240+ PoPs across 33 markets, 50+ cloud on-ramps, is integrated with all major public cloud providers and connects to 75+ on-net internet exchanges and 30+ stock exchanges. The team of experts works closely with customers in order to create solutions that meet the detailed and specific needs of their business, providing the latency, resilience and security they need regardless of location.

BSO is headquartered in Ireland, and has 11 offices across the globe, including London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Access our website and find out more information: www.bso.co