SEACOM Brings 100G Links to Support the Growth of the African Internet

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SEACOM Head Office (Photo Credit: SEACOM)

As part of its ongoing investment in capacity for future expansion, Pan-African telecom company SEACOM has deployed 100Gbps Ethernet technology in its IP/MPLS data centre core PoPs (Points of Presence) in Teraco Johannesburg and Teraco Cape Town.

The company said in a statement that this is one of the first deployments of this technology in sub-Saharan Africa.

By upgrading its core routers and switches at these Teraco PoPs to 100Gbps Ethernet technology, SEACOM has activated up to 400Gbps of routing and switching bandwidth at each facility. SEACOM will be able to scale both PoPs to 3.2 Tbps and beyond.

The upgrade also enables SEACOM to scale up the capacity it has acquired on the WACS undersea cable to provide alternate traffic paths in the case of a SEACOM subsea cable system outage.

“This investment will enable us to grow our network and customer base, while continuing to provide a reliable and consistent experience to African businesses, service providers and consumers. Africa is becoming an important global player in the digital age, and we are committed to investing in the best technology to support the growth of Internet access across the continent,” says Mark Tinka, head of engineering at SEACOM.

 Liquid Telecom Partners with Huawei to Bring 100G Links Across South Africa…

In a move aimed at responding to a growing demand for cloud-based services and bandwidth from customers, Liquid Telecom has collaborated with Huawei to increase the speeds of links to 100G to its South African network.

The subsidiary of Econet Global said on that the 100G link will support growing demand for cloud-based services and provide customers with high-speed access to Liquid Telecom’s data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Both data centres are currently undergoing major expansions to meet the needs of global cloud players and enterprise customers.

Liquid Telecoms has teamed up with Huawei to upgrade to 100G wavelengths using the latest DWDM technology Telecom to offer additional capacity, faster speeds, and greater redundancy to customers across South Africa.  DWDW (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) is an optical multiplexing technology used to increase bandwidth over existing fibre networks.

The firm is also planning in the future to extend the DWDM core network to the north west then north-east regions of South Africa, providing more enterprise and wholesale customers in South Africa with high bandwidth connectivity.

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