ICT data infrastructure owner Seacom and UK-based telecommunications service provider BT have announced a strategic alliance which, they say, will help Seacom further secure its own infrastructure and deliver new networking, security and communications solutions to enterprise customers in Africa.
Seacom, which describes itself as a leading internet connectivity supplier that owns Africa’s most extensive ICT infrastructure, will be leveraging BT’s services, vendor relationships and global expertise to expand its portfolio of services aimed at African businesses.
Since the launch of its business division, the company says it has substantially grown its customer and partnership base to strengthen its offerings and serve customers beyond existing markets.
The partners say that Seacom’s customers will benefit from access to BT’s Cloud Security Incident Event Management (SIEM) platform. SIEM tools provide real-time visibility and monitoring across an organisation's entire IT environment, providing a security overlay to Seacom's existing ICT solutions.
BT says it protects some of the world's largest organisations from fast-evolving cyber threats with a global network of dedicated 24/7 security operations centres (SOCs). It adds that its more than 3,000 cybersecurity experts help customers detect, analyse and quickly respond to cybersecurity incidents as they happen.
“With Seacom’s global network and local presence, and BT’s global reach and expertise, we will be able to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of cloud, security, and connectivity services that are reliable, scalable, and at the cutting-edge of industry,” says Oliver Fortuin, group chief executive officer of Seacom.