Bloemfontein gets Seacom connectivity boost

Staff Writer
By Staff Writer, ITWeb
Johannesburg, 18 Sept 2019

Seacom announced today that its Bloemfontein node is now live, enabling the delivery of a wider range of business connectivity products to the city.

The submarine broadband provider already has over 60 points of presence across SA, including major data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

The expansion will see Bloemfontein enterprises benefit from reliable high-speed Internet, says the company.

Byron Clatterbuck, Seacom CEO, says: “When acquiring the national FibreCo network, it was always their intention to drive the expansion of services outside of the major metros currently serviced.”

In November last year, Seacom concluded its acquisition of FibreCo for an undisclosed amount.

“Bloemfontein was identified as a key market where we could strengthen our service offerings, geographic network reach and broaden our market position based on this,” Clatterbuck adds.

He notes that businesses can now access Internet connectivity with direct low latency routes to public cloud environments, both locally and internationally.

“This is a strategic connectivity hub for Seacom, which already connects South Africa to the East Coast of Africa, India and Europe.”

By leveraging its existing national fibre backbone and international fibre subsea cable infrastructure across both the West and East Coast of Africa, Seacom offers connectivity scalable to Gigabit levels as business requirements grow.

Seacom’s national network also connects to its subsea cable system which lands in Mtunzini on the East Coast of South Africa to the WACS cable, which lands at Yzerfontein, on the West Coast of South Africa, enabling fully redundant high-speed ring protection.

This expansion also benefits Seacom’s partner network, enabling its partners and local service providers to deliver high-speed broadband services and Internet to the region.