10 July 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
SEACOM has partnered with FibreCo, an open access carrier services provider, to light up its dark fibre route that runs from Johannesburg to Durban.
The news comes as SEACOM
recently upgraded its subsea cable system along
Africa’s East Coast to a maximum of 1.5Tbps,
in attempt by the company to provide its customers with
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
"Through this project, we have upgraded the terminating
equipment and capacity on our existing route and have installed
the latest, most advanced optical network system on the new
FibreCo route," said Byron Clatterbuck, CEO of SEACOM.
At the start of this month, FibreCo completed its open
access dark fibre link along the N3 highway, which spans more
than 843km. As a result of the installation SEACOM is able to
operate their own high-capacity fibre along this route,
increasing uptake of their connectivity and cloud services
within the region.
In addition, by adding the new route, SEACOM has
significantly improved resiliency on its own international
network, and is able to offer fully protected, highly reliable
services between data centres in Johannesburg, Durban and the
SEACOM cable station in Mtunzini.
The project also enables SEACOM to futureproof the route for
further capacity upgrades in Germiston, Heidelberg, Harrismith
and other towns along the N3.
"By owning and operating a fully resilient fibre-based ring,
we hope to continue supporting, and enabling, South African
businesses to grow within Africa and beyond," added