SEACOM to upgrade internet services across Africa

Seacom AfricaSEACOM said it expects Ciena Corporation's technology to meet the increasing demand for connectivity throughout Africa. (Image source: SEACOM)SEACOM has announced that it has chosen Ciena Corporation’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and OneControl Unified Management System to enhance the performance of its submarine network across the southern and eastern African coastlines

The communications service provider, which works across a number of African countries including Dijbouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa, is attempting to meet the rising capacity demands of its customers as it plans to roll-out affordable internet access across East Africa.

“Connectivity services in Africa are booming due to the growing needs of business IT users, the rise of cloud-based services, and growing requirements for the processing and storing of personal data,” said Claes Segelberg, chief technology officer at SEACOM.

“Ciena’s technology will enable us to cost-effectively scale our capacity to address this growing demand for connectivity throughout the continent,” he added.

Ed McCormack, vice president and general manager of submarine systems at Ciena added, “In the last couple of years, bandwidth penetration in several African countries has increased tenfold with the support of SEACOM’s submarine network. Ciena’s coherent technology will enable SEACOM to evolve and grow its network cost-effectively."

SEACOM launched back in July 2009 and has increasingly extended the availability of international bandwidth in Africa, it said.

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