As part of their 2016 year end presentation SEACOM, the subsea fibre cable company, highlighted the growing connectivity and data needs of Afrikans fueled by video consumption among others. To this effect, SEACOM have said they have further plans to upgrade their network in 2017.
Their backbone platform came online in January 2017, which connects Afrika and Europe now runs on 100G technology, with capacity of 500Gbps. As a result, SEACOM say that this means additional upgrades can be done with less than 30 days lead-time.
“SEACOM is the largest IP Transit provider on the African continent, and has led the process of getting all the key content players into Africa. There will be continued growth from these “Over-The-Top-Players” and SEACOM is preparing for scale that will serve their future growth.” said Byron Clatterbuck, CEO at SEACOM.
As part of their infrastructure investment plans, SEACOM will also be 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.
SEACOM headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. | iAfrikan