SA broadband gets boost from Seacom investment

Undersea data cable company Seacom has invested R100-million in additional infrastructure in South Africa in an attempt to fulfill the consistent high growth in demand for high speed broadband services and applications.

The investment comes with the acquisition of physical optical fibre links from Dark Fibre Africa, in addition to installing equipment essential for Seacom to handle the network connecting the Seacom landing point on the KwaZulu-Natal coast to two redundant points-of-presence (PoPs) in Gauteng province.

“South Africa continues to offer incredible growth opportunities and this investment demonstrates Seacom’s viewpoint that satisfactory infrastructure will guarantee that the market can absorb new capacity within record time,” Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy.

Interconnected African markets

The fibre is going to be lit with cutting-edge technology which will give the new link a design capacity in excess of 8 terabits per second (T/bs), consistent with Seacom’s strategies to increase the marine portion of the cable to over 4.8 Tb/s.

This massive quantity of capacity makes it possible for Seacom to align present-day and potential future customer needs with the surge in broadband demand driven by a wave of content-rich applications which includes cloud computing to fulfill enterprise needs, HD video streaming and IPTV services.


Brian Herlihy, CEO, SEACOM


“In our ongoing pursuit to make improvements to service quality, this is one of the numerous investment strategies that we are following to make certain that we provide our customers with the most effective support as we proceed to develop the African Internet based on low-latency, high speed and reliable infrastructure,” Herlihy said.

The enhancements go toward supporting the company’s vision of an African internet experience characterised by a considerable assortment of local content, minimal latency, fast download and streaming speeds, and interconnected African markets.

Internet Protocol platform

The investment will also support Seacom’s recently launched Internet Protocol (IP) platform which will drive the expansion of content created in Africa and the regional hosting of international content.

Controlled by Seacom and its suppliers, the route is the company’s first combined project of this nature. It’s going to be operated in parallel with Seacom’s already present routes and will offer customers with the advantage of secured services delivered across multiple, physically diverse routes and operated by multiple providers.


“This new capacity will benefit the end user by making it possible for SEACOM clients to bring new content rich products to market in a reliable and economical way,” said Seacom head of product strategy, Suveer Ramdhani.

“The scale of the capacity we are making available on the route is another first in Africa and you can expect us to continue rolling out more ground-breaking technological developments in the near future.”



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