SEACOM to acquire SAI in South Africa

23 October 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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SEACOM, a pan-African telecoms provider, has announced the completion of its acquisition of the SME-focused Internet Service Provider, SAI, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The news comes in line with the company’s SEACOM Business, which was launched in 2015 to serve Africa’s data use business customers. The new acquisition supports SEACOM’s plans to deliver the best possible connectivity and cloud services to business customers along the South African East Coast.

“This acquisition allows us to leverage SAI’s expertise, reputation and local market knowledge, effectively speeding up our regional growth plans in KwaZulu-Natal,” said Byron Clatterbuck, CEO of SEACOM.

SAI will be rebranded as the SEACOM KwaZulu-Natal office and will be tasked with leading SEACOM’s expansion in the KwaZulu-Natal market for fibre Internet access to business-customer premises.

“Our strategy to grow through customer and market diversification is bearing fruit. The SAI acquisition represents another successful step in our transformation journey,” added Suveer Ramdhani, chief development officer at SEACOM.

The SEACOM Business division offers what the company describes as ‘best-in-class’ connectivity and cloud services in South African metros, with fibre Internet access options ranging from 25Mbps up to 1Gbps. The offering for commercial customers and property managers uses SEACOM’s capacity on its undersea cable system, and continent-wide IP-MPLS network.

“SAI customers and staff will benefit significantly from the resources SEACOM has to offer,” said Des Ramsay, managing director at SAI. “With a connection directly into the heart of the African Internet, user experience will be unsurpassed and SEACOM’s presence in KZN accelerated.“

As a company, SAI provides telecommunications solutions to meet the requirements of their subscribers, including high-performance Internet access, voice, hosting solutions, security and data protection. In addition its staff are adept at applying the latest technologies to customer solutions as demand for high-speed business connectivity and quality bandwidth at affordable prices continues to grow.