Seacom and Ciena partner for improved capacity across Africa

A new partnership between Seacom and network provider Ciena will deliver increased reached and enhanced capacity to African ISPs.

Both companies will deliver new network solutions to service providers across the continent and into main European points of presence (POPs) through key submarine links.

“Africa is experiencing massive growth and demand for network services. With Ciena’s technology supporting our infrastructure evolution we can ensure cost-effective data connectivity to end-customers across the continent and internationally ensuring that Africa is ready for the next generation of applications and high-bandwidth broadband services,” said Seacom Chief Technology Officer Claes Segelberg.

Seacom’s submarine and terrestrial networks cover 17,000km and connect Africa to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. This expansion gives the firm’s corporate and service provider customers the ability to expand and grow their operations to support the rise of cloud-based services and applications, as well as facilitate growing requirements for the processing and storage of data.  

Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution and converged packet optical platform provide a high-capacity backbone that will bring high-performing flexible services and content closer to its enterprise and service provider customers. The firms are supporting scalable connectivity to expand the African Internet, facilitating data services for broadband, and enabling access to cloud-based web-scale applications.

“Increasing network capacity efficiently and economically is critical. With this expansion and upgrade Seacom can continue to its work and help lead Africa into the next stage of ICT growth with scalable and competitive connectivity solutions,” said Ciena Submarine Systems Vice President and General Manager Ed McCormack.

With Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform underpinning its high-capacity backbone, Seacom can cost-effectively expand, optimise and seamlessly link its submarine and terrestrial networks without disrupting existing services. Ciena’s OPn approach allows the network to scale and adapt to accommodate future architectural possibilities. 


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