Yesterday, the undersea fibre cable system operator, SEACOM, announced it has invested some US$14.7 million in terrestrial fibre infrastructure in South Africa. The investment is mainly in equipment and fibre links connecting SEACOM’s landing station in Kwazulu Natal and some Point of Presence in Gauteng. The fibre links have been purchased from Dark Fibre Africa, a South African dark fibre provider owning a network of carrier neutral, dark fibre infrastructure for the transmission of metro and long haul telecommunications traffic.
According to a statement from the company, SEACOM is positioning itself for the increasingly high broadband demand as customers continue to adopt bandwidth intensive services cloud computing, HD video streaming and IPTV services.
Brian Herlihy, the SEACOM CEO, is quoted in statement:
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South Africa continues to offer tremendous growth opportunities and this investment confirms SEACOM’s view that adequate infrastructure will ensure that the market can absorb new capacity within record time.
In our continuous quest to improve quality of service, this is one of the many investments that we are making to ensure that we provide our customers with the best possible support as we continue to build the African Internet based on low-latency, high speed and reliable infrastructure.
Recently Seacom signed an agreement with Mozambique’s TDM for direct access into Zimbabwe and Malawi, where, the CEO confirmed the company plans to offer IP services as well.
Reiterating its commitment to local content SEACOM says in the statement that the company believes in abundant local content and interconnected African markets.