Seacom and Interoute team up to link East Africa to Europe


Seacom and Interoute are going ahead with their deal to create a digital super-highway between East Africa and Europe. The agreement will see the East African undersea cable being connected to Interoute's pan-European fibre-optic network. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

An Interoute statement says it will also give East Africa access to the European network operator's range of wholesale and enterprise services. Opportunities will be opened up for telcos, and the deal will also support the growing demand for broadband Internet in the region, it adds.

"This project provides the vital last link for Seacom in connecting East Africa to Europe and onto the rest of the world," says Interoute CEO Gareth Williams. Interoute marketing director Jonathan Brown the company's fibre optic network has a number of benefits for Seacom, including its reach into more than 22 countries on the European continent. “Also, because we're not an incumbent network provider, we can provide more competitive pricing to Seacom,” adds Brown.

Seacom's undersea cable, which will have a capacity of 1.28Tbps, will run along the east coast of Africa and connect SA, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya with Europe and the rest of the world. The cable will also extend to Marseilles, France, where it will connect to Interoute's fibre-optic network which has a capacity of one petabyte.

Williams notes the connection between Seacom and the European fibre-optic network will go a long way towards supporting the growing demand for content. Demand is expected to rise once Seacom lands in June.