SEACOM Subsea Cable System upgraded to 1.5Tbps

Pan-African Telecom company, Seacom has announced the upgrade of its key submarine network system from its Southern and Eastern African coastline landings into Europe at a total capacity of 1.5Tbps.

The current upgrade is adding 500Gbps of new capacity on the system, after a previous upgrade of 500Gbps about 18 months ago, it said. The upgrade increases available capacity in the group’s key markets: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the company said: “The solution will allow Seacom to deliver requirements for high-capacity connectivity in very short timeframes and provide for future demands. The latest deployment is also based on 100Gbps Coherent DWDM technology and will provide room for Seacom to quickly add more capacity as required.

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The group also recently noted that it has doubled its enterprise customer base over the past year, which now exceeds 3,000 new customers across Kenya and South Africa. Seacom Business now delivers more than 150 new services across Africa each month, the group said.

The company’s enterprise offerings include fibre Internet access, which ranges from 25Mbps to 1Gbps in speed – depending on the region.

Claes Segelberg, Chief Technology Officer at SEACOM, said “Connectivity services in Africa are booming due to the growing needs of business IT users, the rise of cloud-based services, and growing requirements for the processing and storing of personal data. This latest upgrade enables SEACOM to meet those demands, and to provide our customers with scalable solutions for the future.”

According to Seacom CEO Byron Clatterbuck, a major driver behind the division’s impressive growth was the establishment of new interconnect agreements with last-mile suppliers and securing wireless network access in areas without fibre.

The upgrade increases available capacity in SEACOM’s key markets: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa. The solution will allow SEACOM to deliver requirements for high capacity connectivity in very short timeframes and provide for future demands. The latest deployment is also based on 100Gbps Coherent DWDM technology and will provide room for SEACOM to quickly add more capacity as required.

The group also recently acquired MacroLan, which strengthened its fibre Internet access business, it said. Seacom said it is currently looking at several other acquisitions, and focussing on urban areas in South Africa and Kenya.

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