SEACOM, a fibre-led telecoms provider and owner of extensive ICT infrastructure across Africa, has announced a 100 Gbps upgrade for its IP network. This investment will allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs), CDN’s, Global and African Providers to leverage SEACOM’s network infrastructure to access the increased flexibility, scalability, and capacity that this upgrade will enable and will also benefit downstream connected business and Internet end-users in the region.
SEACOM launched the first submarine cable system on the East Coast of Africa in July 2009, providing the continent with fast, reliable, and cost-effective fibre connectivity. In 2014, SEACOM pioneered 10 Gbps IP transit routers that later became the industry standard. In 2018, the company began the planning that would be required to improve South Africa’s network infrastructure with 100GE capabilities.
The increased capacity of 100 Gbps equipment reduces the cost and complexity associated with procuring and maintaining multiple 10 Gbps ports and also simplifies load balancing through the flexibility of having 10 times more bandwidth per port. Network providers will be able to add more customers, expand their networks, or reconfigure traffic flows without disrupting network traffic or incurring multiple cross-connecting fees.
SEACOM’s Global IPT service provides resilient, low latency internet connectivity on our native IPv4/IPv6 carrier-grade IP network. It provides connectivity to Tier-1 partner Global networks and access to on-net CDN’s hosted in our Cable Landing stations. The high-level of service availability are achieved through meshed East and West sub-sea cable systems, including protected terrestrial backhaul routes.
SEACOM is among the first in South Africa to implement this upgrade and additional upgrades are planned for other African regions in the coming months. Nicole Labuschagne, General Manager of the Service Provider team at SEACOM, added that “As Internet expansion on the African continent continues to accelerate, together with the rapid adoption of video streaming and cloud services by African business and consumers, Network, Content and Cloud Providers are seeing a surge of bandwidth across their backbone and access networks.
SEACOM’s upgrade to 100GE technology on its network, allows these providers to meet this large demand efficiently and with ease. We want to ensure by progressing to the 100GE level that Africa and our customers keep pace in an ever digitised 4IR world, and we hope to see 100GE becoming the industry standard in the near future.”
SEACOM’s goal has always been to provide Africa with an enabling ICT environment that spurs innovation and enables more businesses and customers to participate in today’s digital economy. The Internet is disruptive by nature and improving our network capabilities will ensure that Africa continue to accelerate into a digital future.