SEACOM have stepped up their competitive edge with the rollout of fibre services along the N1.
After cutting off South African internet service providers (ISP’s) from sharing traffic as part of a new peering policy, SEACOM subscribers will now not only be sharing traffic with a select number of ISP’s, they will also immediately see faster speeds.
According to MyBroadband, Bloemfontein and Worcester will benefit from 100Gbps speeds while Colesberg, Beaufort West, Laingsburg, and Touwsrivier will benefit from 10Gbps speeds.
SEACOM, is ‘Africa’s most extensive ICT data infrastructure,’ according to it’s website. This includes multiple sub-sea cable systems that connect South Africa to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
This new 1TB link comes after SEACOM bought FibreCo last year, allowing them to expand their capacity, which previously only went from Durban to Johannesburg.
“This gives us the ability to offer our customers more services. It also enables us to connect all the smaller towns along the way,” SEACOM CEO Bryan Clatterbuck told ITWeb.
This new route will allow customers to access end-to-end “express routes” which connect major metros to big data centres, national long-distance services and last-mile metro and town connectivity.
According to ITWeb, this fibre push is also part of the companies strategy to diversify and lessen it’s reliance on its subsea cable business.