Seacom to add significant capacity in 2017

Seacom, a provider of terrestrial high-speed fibre-optic cable, says it plans to significantly upgrade network bandwidth in 2017 to cater for the growth of big data, the cloud and video.

Seacom said it has invested in shifting all key elements of the network to 100G technology, which increases capacity throughput while reducing cost.

The tech infrastructure group said that initially, it will light 500Gbps in new capacity on the new backbone platform from Africa to Europe that came online in January 2017.

“Thanks to the new technology, additional upgrades can be done as needed with less than 30 days’ lead-time,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The company is also expanding its coverage into new regions and countries. During 2016, it launched its first IP point of presence (PoP) in Kigali, Rwanda, and recently added a PoP in Gaborone, Botswana.

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Seacom to add significant capacity in 2017