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Seacom boosts SA fibre network

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Wed Jul 27 2011, 09:56am
Siversmith[PCD] Admin Registered Member #7 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 04:29pm
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Fibre purchase from DFA to support growth in bandwidth consumption; 100Gbps of the fibre will initially be lit

SEACOM has invested R100 million in additional South African infrastructure to meet the continuous high growth in demand for broadband services and applications.

The investment includes the purchase of physical optical fibre links from Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) as well as installing the equipment required for SEACOM to manage the network linking KwaZulu Natal’s coast where the SEACOM marine cable lands to two redundant Points of Presence (PoPs) in Gauteng.

Initially, 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) of the fibre will be lit (using current 10Gbps technology) and a further 20 waves are expected to be lit within the next 12 months.

Modern transmission technology is being used with 100Gbps per wavelength which gives the new link a design capacity of over 8 Terabit per second (Tbps). This is in line with SEACOM’s plans to expand the marine portion of the cable to over 4.8Tbps.

This capacity enables SEACOM to align current and future customer needs with the explosion in broadband demand driven by a wave of content rich applications, such as cloud computing, to meet enterprise requirements, HD video streaming and IPTV services.

This investment also supports SEACOM’s recently launched Internet Protocol (IP) platform that will drive the proliferation of content created in Africa and the regional hosting of international content.

Brian Herlihy, SEACOM CEO, said: “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.
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Wed Jul 27 2011, 12:27pm
Dade_182 Admin Registered Member #308 Joined: Tue May 15 2007, 11:36am
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Good to see them make preperations in time for all the expected growth rather than to wait for there to be a crisis and then only try to fix it. Hopefully we'll have more stable connection now that there's multiple diverse routes.
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Wed Jul 27 2011, 02:50pm
Siversmith[PCD] Admin Registered Member #7 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 04:29pm
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That will still take more effort, time and money I expect. The problem I see is that we have too many people who have their fingers in the pie. Only when someone decides that enough is enough will this go faster.
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