Seacom, Tata Communications partner in South Africa

Seacom, Tata Communications partner in South Africa

08 March 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Seacom and Tata Communication have a partnered to offer high-speed connectivity between Africa, Europe and Asia to meet the growing demand in these regions.

The collaboration allows Seacom and Tata Communications to use each other’s regional and global networks to address enterprises’ connectivity requirements. This includes Seacom’s subsea cable system that runs up the east coast of Africa and connects to India in Mumbai. 

In turn Seacom customers can connect seamlessly onwards into business hubs such as Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore in Asia as well as Marseille, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam in Europe, with Tata Communications’ wholly owned Tier-1 Internet Protocol (IP) network.

“There has been the technical capability to make this deal for years, but only recently has demand surged between Africa, India and the rest of Asia as a result of recognised market potential,” said Byron Clatterbuck, chief executive officer at Seacom. “As one of SEACOM’s primary objectives to help empower economies on the African continent through best-in-class connectivity and cloud solutions, we’re delighted to be working with Tata Communications to enable our customers’ borderless growth.”

Tata will leverage Seacom to extend its IP and Global Dedicated Ethernet service platforms into South Africa. In addition, Seacom will support Tata Communications’ IP and GDE customers across Southern and East Africa. 

Additionally, Tata Communications will also expand its IP backbone into South Africa to support its service provider customers at the Teraco data centre in Isando, Johannesburg.

 “This partnership with SEACOM will help both companies to leverage each other’s digital infrastructure to provide customers with state-of-the-art technology services,” said Vaneet Mehta, region head, Middle East, Central Asia & Africa at Tata Communications. “It is the first step towards expanding our collaboration with SEACOM across areas such as the Internet, MPLS, Cloud, Media and Cybersecurity.”