Seacom connects to Mozambique network
By BiztechAfrica – June 23, 2011, 1:15 p.m.
Seacom has signed a master services agreement with Mozambique’
s biggest service provider, as it rolls out across Africa.
Seacom signed the agreement with Telecomunicaç
es de Moç
ambique (TDM), the leading telecommunications service provider in Mozambique.
Seacom said in a statement the agreement gives it and its customers access to the largest and most distributed fibre optic network in Mozambique as well as a diverse route into Zimbabwe and additional border presence into Malawi and South Africa.
Seacom, which provides wholesale broadband services to major operators, carriers and communication service providers from its undersea cable, is taking its broadband inland to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa.
Through the latest agreement, customers in Zimbabwe are able to interconnect to the Seacom system in Maputo via Mutare. This additional route through Mozambique complements Seacom’
s existing route through South Africa via Beit Bridge and provides Zimbabwean customers with resiliency and redundancy.
Aidan Baigrie, Seacom’
s head of business development, says the company aims to disrupt “
old monopolies that have been hindering Africa’
s attempt to bridge the digital divide”
He says 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.
Today, over a dozen countries across the African continent have access to Seacom’
s low cost products and services via its extended network.