Seacom to increase capacity as demand ups


Telecommunication firms have now taken up more than 60 per cent of the capacity that we initially had. Demand has grown and we expect further growth as more and people start using internet, which would deplete the capacity that we have," said Mark Simpson, the firm’s Seacom chief executive.

"We are planning to increase capacity on the cable and this should be done in another 12 to 15 months."

Simpson spoke on the sidelines of an ongoing Capacity Africa conference in Nairobi.

He said Seacom is still thrashing out fine details of the upgrade including the money to be invested and mode of financing, which would determine the actual capacity to add on the cable.

He added that Seacom would in future start selling premium services to its clients to tap into the growing provision of content in Africa. Premium services that the firm plans to start selling will include multiprotocol label switching— a data carrying mechanism that allows a simple relay of information over a network.

The move diversify service offering from the basic capacity provision to selling of premium services at the wholesale level is in part to fend off competition in the undersea cable segment.