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Seacom goes direct in Kenya

Seacom CEO Byron Clatterbuck

Seacom CEO Byron Clatterbuck

A year after launching corporate ICT services in the South African market, pan-African telecommunications company and subsea fibre cable operator Seacom is expanding its corporate offering to Kenya.

Under its Seacom Business intiative, Seacom now intends offering Internet connectivity and cloud services directly to companies in Kenya.

The new product offerings include high-speed, dedicated fibre Internet access with options ranging from 10Mbit/s to 1Gbit/s.

The division in East Africa has already signed up about 50 business customers, the company said on Tuesday. It has also recently appointed several corporate partners to support its drive into the small and medium enterprise market.

“Seacom initially focused on bringing low-cost data transmission infrastructure to other service providers in Africa. However, we were not seeing the optimal take-up of our international data capabilities to the end-user market, and the associated benefits that this can bring,” said Seacom CEO Byron Clatterbuck in a statement.

“Seacom is now offering its data and other services directly to companies in East Africa, with a focus on our regional and international footprint that other providers lack. We own and operate our own network end-to-end at the fibre level, allowing us to offer seamless and cost-effective network solutions regionally, as well as into Europe and Asia,” he said.

The company has built out eight points of presence in Nairobi. “By having our own metro POPs, we can better manage service quality and network scalability to our growing customer base,” said Clatterbuck.

It launched the first broadband submarine cable system along the East African coastline in 2009, linking South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique with Internet connection hubs in Europe and Asia at a cost of US$500m.

Since then, it has invested in building an Internet protocol and multi-protocol label switching network across Africa. It has also acquired capacity on other African cables, including Teams and Eassy in the east and Wacs in the west.  — © 2016 NewsCentral Media

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