Telecommunications service provider, SEACOM has announced its 100% acquisition of FibreCo Telecommunications in a move to achieve its vision to expand its African footprint through the consolidation of fibre assets particularly as the market moves into the 5G environment with its requirement for pervasive fibre networks.
The deal was concluded through SEACOM South Africa.
“FibreCo owns and operates a national open access dark fibre network, providing infrastructure, connectivity, and services across South Africa. The acquisition is subject to approval by the South African Competition Commission,” said SEACOM.
The company said that this marks another step towards its goal of expanding its African footprint.
FibreCo’s network also connects the SEACOM subsea cable system to the WACS cable, it added.
“The FibreCo acquisition significantly strengthens SEACOM’s operations in South Africa by creating a platform for the expansion of its business services.”
SEACOM connects South Africa to the east coast of Africa, India and Europe and FibreCo connects over 60 points of presence across South Africa, including major data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. FibreCo’s network also connects the SEACOM subsea cable system (which lands in Mtunzini on the east coast of South Africa) to the WACS cable (which lands at Yzerfontein, on the west coast of South Africa), enabling fully redundant high-speed ring protection for diversity around the African continent.
The FibreCo acquisition significantly strengthens SEACOM’s operations in South Africa by creating a platform for the expansion of its business services. It enables the delivery of high-speed Internet connectivity and cloud products into smaller cities and towns across the country, which have typically been under-serviced.
FibreCo’s current shareholders believe that they have met the original intent behind starting the business in 2009, namely to successfully transform South Africa’s long-haul bandwidth transmission landscape.
The acquisition will allow SEACOM the opportunity to further invest in and grow the business, establishing SEACOM as a leader in bridging South Africa’s digital divide and strongly positioning the country to be a key player in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.