SEACOM selects Ciena for network upgrade

South Africa’s SEACOM has partnered with Ciena to expand its terrestrial network and upgrade capacity on key subsea cable links.

Ciena will deploy its GeoMesh subsea solution as well as its converged packet optical platform to enable SEACOM to bring flexible services and content closer to its enterprise and service provider customers.

“Africa is experiencing massive growth and demand for network services,” said Claes Segelberg, CTO at SEACOM.

“With Ciena’s technology supporting our infrastructure evolution we can ensure cost-effective data connectivity to end-customers across the continent and internationally; ensuring that Africa is ready for the next generation of applications and high-bandwidth broadband services.”

SEACOM’s subsea and terrestrial networks span 17,000km, connecting Africa to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and the expansion will enable the operator to deliver affordable data connectivity to the African continent.

“For competitive providers like SEACOM, increasing network capacity efficiently and economically is critical,” said Ed McCormack, VP and general manager of submarine systems at Ciena.

“With this expansion and upgrade, SEACOM can continue its great work and help lead Africa into the next stage of ICT growth with scalable and competitive connectivity solutions.”

SEACOM appointed Byron Clatterbuck as its chief executive in February last year.