SEACOM sets out last-mile fibre plans

02 June 2017 | James Pearce


SEACOM has unveiled plans to invest in last-mile fibre assets with access to a significant number of end users, according to a report.

The pan-African operator’s chief development officer Suveer Ramdhani told ITWeb that it has plans to expand regionally through a strategy of acquisitions.

SEACOM had made substantial investments in expanding its network infrastructure during 2016, but Ramdhani said it is now assessing underserviced areas for potential fibre deployments.

"Our planning teams are now targeting underserviced areas with no access to fibre for investment. There are a number of business parks and buildings that have been reticulated with fibre and that now have direct access to the Seacom Global Network."

It will also seek potential acquisition targets, as it look to meet demand for bandwidth to support video, cloud applications and mobile services.

"We are looking to expand regionally by acquiring companies that have made progress in this field and that may benefit from being part of a big family,” he added.

He was speaking just weeks after SEACOM revealed plans to accelerate its investment in infrastructure as part of an announcement at ITW 2017. The company said it will 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).