Gateway goes live on Seacom


Two years after committing to the SEACOM project, Gateway Communications is live on the submarine fibre optic cable connecting Africa to Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. Gateway Communications was the first company to invest in Seacom, which is bringing 1.28 Tbit/s of capacity to the continent.

As the foundation customer, Gateway says that its investment in SEACOM is another example of its ongoing commitment to infrastructure build in Africa, allowing more innovative products and ensuring that Gateway provides the highest level of quality, speed and reliability at the most competitive prices.

Seacom, privately funded and three-quarters African owned, is expected to provide bandwidth on an open access basis, allowing all operators to have equal access to the cable. Seacom has created an artificial price ceiling to ensure wholesalers charge end-users the most attractive market rates available for their bandwidth.

The landing of Seacom and other cables demonstrates that Africa’s information age is well underway. Expected to provide a high volume of bandwidth at a low cost, Seacom will continue to open people’s eyes to what ICT can deliver – to consumers and businesses. It will provide competition and connectivity into markets, which will drive demand for faster applications run over any available bandwidth, including satellite.