Seacom extends African points of presence

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Robert Marston, global head of product at Seacom.
Robert Marston, global head of product at Seacom.

Pan-African telecoms company Seacom says it is adding eight new points of presence (POP), the company announced in a statement on Tuesday.

This move, says Seacom, is to enable more African businesses to connect to cloud facilities worldwide, as well as to Microsoft Azure data centres located in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

In SA, Seacom reveals it is deploying a new POP within the Teraco Bredell data centre. “This new facility is a key location, catering specifically to content providers and enterprise customers. It will also serve as an important data recovery site for many operators,” says Robert Marston, global head of product at Seacom.

In Kenya, Seacom says it has extended its presence in the icolo data centre in Mombasa. The Mombasa POP is also significant as it connects Kenya’s first truly open-access data centre onto the Seacom open-access data network, it adds.

“Rare in the region, in comparison to operator-owned data centres, these carrier-neutral facilities encourage competition in the local ICT sphere, helping to increase cloud-based service offerings for customers while driving down costs,” reads the statement.

Internationally, Seacom says it covers all five of the largest exchange points in Europe, namely London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Marseille, in addition to Mumbai.

According to Seacom, its recent acquisition of FibreCo has added more than 60 network nodes across its South African network, including six core POPs in major metros.

“The moves that Seacom is making to improve our infrastructure on the continent will benefit African companies with greater high-speed, reliable and secure connectivity to cloud services and other online tools. One of our major objectives is to add simplicity to cloud migrations wherever possible,” concludes Marston.

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