Epsilon strikes interconnection agreements in Africa

10 May 2013 | Kavit Majithia

Epsilon has signed two agreements on the east and west coast of Africa with subsea cable operators SEACOM and WACs, Capacity has learnt.

Both deals provide customers connecting on the cables with access to over 450 network operators around the world, on the Epsilon platform.

The partnership with SEACOM is situated in London, with all network traffic arriving on the undersea cable, connecting to Epsilon’s global network exchange.

As part of the deal, international operators that are wholesaling services with African operators can also deliver traffic via the SEACOM undersea cable.

SEACOM highlighted the growing need to develop African internet infrastructure and reiterated the need for its customers to have access to international markets.

“Connecting with Epsilon further adds to the portfolio of network services available to the African market which is the foundation for growth,” said Claes Segelberg, CTO at SEACOM.

The growth in African telecoms was a particular pulling point for Epsilon, and both deals provides the company with the ability to serve African carriers across both the East and West coast of the continent.

Clint Collins, regional director of carrier business MEA at Epsilon Telecommunications added: “We see growing demand in Africa for our outsourced network model and this agreement with SEACOM reaffirms our commitment to supporting African telecoms development.”

The WACs cable, which launched last year, spans 16000km and has 15 landing stations for South Africa to the UK, provides Epsilon with extended reach across the continent.