SEACOM rolls out to five more countries
INTERNET| March 16, 2011, 12:15 p.m.
The SEACOM East African undersea cable network has now reached five more countries in southern Africa, with several more to follow in the next few months.
SEACOM announced that its services were now accessible from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
It said in a statement that its network expansion is coupled with increasing resilience through its recent acquisition of east and west coast submarine cable capacity.
“ This approach of partnering with established players to provide broadband services will continue as SEACOM develops its products and services based on resiliency, service quality and flexibility in line with customers’ evolving needs,” the statement read.
Suveer Ramdhani, SEACOM’ s Head of Product Strategy, said: “ This latest development is integral to the continued development and expansion of the SEACOM network in Africa and in particular to countries that have had limited access to broadband connectivity. We will continue to build relationships to meet our customers’ growing need for resilient and seamless capacity. This is part of SEACOM’ s objective to build the African Internet.”
He noted that SEACOM believes in a world where the African Internet experience is characterised by abundant local content, minimal latency, fast download and streaming speeds, and interconnected African markets.
Only 18 months after commercial launch, a number of countries across the continent now have the ability to access the SEACOM network with several more expected to be able to do so by the end of 2011.
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