Pan African telecom company, SEACOM, earlier this month announced that it was raising the capacity of marine fibre cable to 1.5 TB an upgrade that has been necessitated by a surge in demand for bandwidth in East Africa.
The company announced that key submarine network system from its Southern and Eastern African coastline landings into Europe will now have more capacity.
The current upgrade is adding 500G of new capacity on the system, after a previous upgrade of 500G about 18 months ago. This further upgrade falls in line with SEACOM’s focus on driving the development of the African internet and opening the broadband tap for African service providers and business users.
The upgrade increases available capacity in SEACOM’s key markets: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa. The solution will allow SEACOM to deliver requirements for high capacity connectivity in very short timeframes and provide for future demands. The latest deployment is also based on 100Gbps Coherent DWDM technology, and will provide room for SEACOM to quickly add more capacity as required.
“Connectivity services in Africa are booming due to the growing needs of business IT users, the rise of cloud-based services, and growing requirements for the processing and storing of personal data,” says Claes Segelberg, Chief Technology Officer at SEACOM. “This latest upgrade enables SEACOM to meet those demands, and to provide our customers with scalable solutions for the future.”
East Africa is also served by the East African Marine System (Teams) a 5,000-km fibre-optic undersea cable which links Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the UAE. Teams was built at a cost of USD 130 million as a joint venture between the government of Kenya and Kenyan operators, who hold 85 percent shares and UAE-based operator Etisalat, with 15 percent.
Another submarine telecommunications system is set to link the East African region with South Africa, Asia and Europe.
A statement from China’s Huawei Marine, now made available here, reveals that HM was completing a ‘desktop study’ for a new subsea cable system, dubbed the ‘Peace Subsea Cable’ whose first phase is meant to connect South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia and Pakistan (Gwadar and Karachi).
Peace is short for ‘Pakistan East Africa Cable Express’ and the system has been designed by Chinese firm, Tropic Science, to provide a new information expressway for interconnection among Asia, Africa and Europe – through existing land and subsea cables