Seacom completes link to Kampala


Seacom, the submarine cable operator with a network of submarine and terrestrial high speed fibre-optic cables, has completed its link from Nairobi to Kampala through Tororo.

This continues its bid to increase capacity and uptake of its broadband services in the hinterland.

 “Last year we completed developing capacity for the delivery of services to Kampala on the back of low capacity from Nairobi. We now have our own capability to deliver services from Mombasa to Nairobi, Nairobi to Tororo border and then to Kampala,” Joseph Muriithi, Seacom Regional Manager said recently.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the Connected East Africa ICT conference in Kenya’s Kwale coastal region. “We have lit up our own services there and we are seeing lots of improvement and uptake,” Muriithi said.

The fibre optic firm is now able to carry some traffic to South Sudan from Kampala. “On the back of the Kampala connection, people are picking traffic from Kampala to deliver to South Sudan through the Gulu- Nimule border. It’s happening although availability is lower than it should be,” Muriithi said.

“Rwanda and Burundi is being done on the back of the link between Kampala and Katuna, to Kigali,” he said.

“We continue to engage so that we can reach further inland. We were delayed by regulation and frameworks but we have a firm Seacom Uganda doing proper business in the country,” Muriithi said.
Source: Business Week 12 April 2015