SEACOM grows South African presence

SEACOM is boosting its international and national capacity in South Africa through a partnership with WACS and its own national bandwidth from its landing station in Mtunzini.

SEACOM was officially launched in July 2009, which marked the beginning of positive changes in numerous African countries via the spread of access to wholesale broadband Internet.

The company changed significantly since its early days of only providing international circuits, and in June 2011, SEACOM announced that it has invested R100 million in additional South African infrastructure to meet the demand for broadband services and applications.

“SEACOM bought and lit its own dark fibre between Mtunzini and Johannesburg in July 2011 as this was the most cost effective way to meet escalating customer demand,” SEACOM said.

“This project was implemented in conjunction with the establishment of a second Point of Presence in Johannesburg at the Teraco data centre in Isando (the first PoP being the Neotel data centre in Midrand).”

The company is also establishing PoPs in Cape Town (Rondebosch) and Durban to serve clients in these centres.

Adding WACS capacity


SEACOM said that it has concluded its purchase of WACS capacity, which will be activated in July 2012 and will be routed from London to SEACOM’s new Cape Town PoP at Teraco, Rondebosch.

“Managed capacity was acquired from a third-party provider from the WACS landing station at Yserfontein to the Teraco, Rondebosch PoP. A Durban PoP is being established at the Internet Solutions Data Centre in Umhlanga. The full SEACOM product set will be made available at this PoP,” the company said.

“The acquisition of WACS capacity now enables the sale of fully managed west coast IPL’s on WACS from the new Cape Town PoP for customers looking to diversify their undersea cable network investments.”

Boosting international network

SEACOM said that its southern terrestrial route through Egypt has been completed resulting in a 40ms decrease in latency.

“With the completion of this route, IPL services originating from Djibouti are now being provided,” said SEACOM.

“A SEACOM PoP which will provide both IP and IPL services is being established at London’s Telehouse facility.”

“Further upgrades to our European backhaul, mean that customers may now drop traffic at other European Meet-me-Points (MMPs) which include in London, Telehouse North & East, Globalswitch 1 & 2, Telecity 1 & 2 as well as locations in Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Geneva.”

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