SEACOM accelerates infrastructure investment

07 March 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


SEACOM had made substantial investments in expanding its network infrastructure during 2016 and plans to continue doing so during 2017.

Over the course of 2017, SEACOM plans to significantly upgrade network bandwidth to cater for the growth of big data, the cloud and video.

SEACOM has invested in shifting all key elements of the network to 100G technology, which increases capacity throughput while reducing cost. In January 2017, SEACOM activated an additional 500Gbps of new capacity on its new backbone platform from Africa to Europe. Thanks to the new technology, additional upgrades can be done as needed with less than 30 days’ lead-time.

Says SEACOM CEO, Byron Clatterbuck: “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.”

SEACOM is also expanding its coverage into new regions and countries. During 2016, it launched its first IP Point of Presence (PoP) in Kigali, Rwanda, with plans to add a further PoP in Gaborone, Botswana in the first half of 2017.

Growing the solutions portfolio 

Another strategic priority for SEACOM lies in enhancing and growing its solutions portfolio for enterprise and operator customers. During 2016, SEACOM expanded its service offerings to include value-added services such as voice and security to its enterprise product portfolio. 

During 2017, SEACOM will introduce new managed services products for enterprises, and invest in technologies such as software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networks (SDN). These technologies will allow SEACOM more flexibility as it grows, reduce infrastructure costs and enable SEACOM to roll out robust cloud computing offerings for enterprise customers.