Seacom to Double Capacity, Light up FibreCo Assets

Submarine cable operator Seacom is looking to double its capacity this year and looking to light up recently-acquired FibreCo assets in SA.By Admire Moyo, ITWeb
July 17, 2019

Submarine cable operator Seacom is looking to double its capacity this year, while looking to light up recently-acquired FibreCo assets in SA.

This was revealed by Byron Clatterbuck, CEO of Seacom, during a media event this morning ahead of the company’s 10th birthday on 23 July.

Founded in 2009, Seacom is a submarine communications cable operator with a network of submarine and terrestrial as well as high-speed fibre-optic cable that serves the east and west coasts of Africa.

The company built the first submarine Internet cable 10 years ago.

Seacom’s reach extends into Europe and the Asia-Pacific. The Pan-African network uses bundled backhaul, open access points of presence, and global partnerships to provide end-to-end wholesale and enterprise connectivity to the Internet for both African and international network and content service providers.

Since July 2009, Seacom has increased the availability of international bandwidth 10-fold, and especially in many of Africa’s most underserved nations.

“Given the rapid growth from various cloud service providers, as well as bandwidth-hungry corporates, Seacom is upgrading its subsea cable systems’ lit capacity from 1.5 terabytes today to three terabytes. The upgrade will be completed this year,” Clatterbuck told ITWeb via SMS after the event.

Lit capacity tracks the capacity available for use on a submarine cable. It’s a measurement of genuine traffic-carrying capability at a moment in time.

“At the same time, Seacom is lighting up its recently-acquired FibreCo fibre assets to deliver the international capacity into the South African market,” he added.

In November last year, Seacom announced it had concluded a sale agreement to acquire 100% of FibreCo Telecommunications for an undisclosed amount.

The company is of the view the acquisition is necessary for the evolution of the market, particularly in the move towards 5G with its requirement for pervasive fibre networks.

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