SEACOM lights up the N3

Johannesburg, 29 Jun 2018

Through its mission to provide customers with best-in-class connectivity, SEACOM has upgraded its subsea cable system along Africa's East Coast by another 500G to 1.5Tbps. In further support of this upgrade, SEACOM worked alongside open access carrier services provider FibreCo, to light its dark fibre route running from Johannesburg to Durban.

Earlier this month, FibreCo completed its open access dark fibre link along the N3 highway, spanning more than 843km. The installation allows SEACOM to operate its own high-capacity fibre along this route, increasing uptake of their connectivity and cloud services within the region.

"Through this project, we have upgraded the terminating equipment and capacity on our existing route and have installed the latest, most advanced optical network system on the new FibreCo route," explains SEACOM CEO, Byron Clatterbuck.

By adding this new route, SEACOM has significantly improved resiliency on its own international network, and is able to offer fully protected, highly reliable services between major data centres in Johannesburg, Durban and the SEACOM cable station in Mtunzini.

The project also enables SEACOM to futureproof the route for further capacity upgrades in Germiston, Heidelberg, Harrismith and other towns along the N3.

Clatterbuck continues, "By owning and operating a fully resilient fibre-based ring, we hope to continue supporting, and enabling, South African businesses to grow within Africa and beyond."



SEACOM is the preferred supplier and partner for African enterprises, network carriers and service providers, offering a full suite of resilient and scalable data services and a vast supply of high quality and affordable Internet bandwidth to Africa's growing ICT community.

SEACOM has the best and most advanced data network in Africa and has earned trust from carriers, MNOs and ISPs to deliver their international data connectivity through its ownership of Africa's most extensive ICT data infrastructure, including multiple subsea cables and a resilient, continent-wide IP-MPLS network, SEACOM provides flexible, scalable and high-quality communications services that enable the growth of the continent's economy.

SEACOM Business division leverages its infrastructure and last-mile partnerships to provide the African enterprise market with best-in-class connectivity and cloud services at highly competitive prices. SEACOM Business now delivers data connectivity directly to corporates.

SEACOM is privately owned and operated, allowing it the agility to rapidly deploy new services, commercial structures and infrastructure in response to customer requirements.

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