06 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
SEACOM has completed its 1.5Tbps upgrade of its subsea cable system linking the Southern Eastern African coastline to Europe.
The upgrade project was announced back in 2013 and used
Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and
OneControl Unified Management System to carry out the
At the time, 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"
The current upgrade adds an additional 500G of capacity to
the subsea system, after a previous upgrade of 500G was carried
out a year and a half ago.
The plan forms part of SEACOM’s wider strategy
to develop the African internet and open broadband tap for
African service providers, as well as business people and
entities. In particular the upgrade will provide increased
capacity in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa.
The works also used 100Gbps coherent DWDM technology which
allows SEACOM to add more capacity as and when is needed.
The news follows an announcement made by SEACOM back in
March. The company has deployed 100Gbps Ethernet technology in
its IP/MPLS data centre core points of presence (PoPs) in
Teraco Johannesburg and Teraco Cape Town, as part of its
ongoing investment in capacity for future expansion.
In September 2017, SEACOM appointed Tonny Tugee as head of its
newly formed SEACOM Business in Kenya and its service provider
division for east Africa. Tugee now leads a team of ICT
staff with the goal of increasing uptake of
SEACOM’s connectivity and cloud services in the
region. Also, as regional head of sales for Kenya, Uganda, and
Rwanda, Tugee has strategic and operational sales oversight
over SEACOM’s business across East Africa.