Akamai partners with SEACOM to provide clusters and nodes

laptopblck sxcCloud specialist Akamai will provide caching nodes and content clusters to cater to Seacom's IP network across Africa. (Image source: sxc.hu)Cloud services specialist Akamai Technologies has partnered with submarine cable operator SEACOM to provide content clusters and caching nodes on Seacom's IP network across Africa

The nodes will accelerate and optimise HTTP content, rich media, downloadable files, video, music, software updates and other web content requested by operators and Internet Service Providers connected to SEACOM’s IP network, SEACOM stated.

African end-users will in turn enjoy lower latency, faster speeds and more reliable service when accessing popular web services and content from around the world, the company added.

Sabine Sitterli, senior director of network business development for Akamai EMEA, said, ”Akamai’s accelerated network partnership with SEACOM is an important part of Akamai’s continued platform expansion strategy in Africa to improve reliability and performance for internet users across the continent.”

Robert Marston, global head of products at SEACOM added that by bringing content directly onto the African continent the company seeked to provide the most comprehensive IP transit to customers.

Last week, SEACOM chose Juniper and Cisco to provide technology for a complete upgrade of its global IP and MPLS network.

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