Pan-African telecom company SEACOM has deployed 100Gbps Ethernet technology in its IP.MPLS data centre core PoPs (Points of Presence) in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The news comes as part of SEACOM’s ongoing investment in capacity for future expansion and is one of the first deployments of this technology in sub-Saharan Africa.
By upgrading its core routers and switches at these Teraco PoPs to 100Gbps Ethernet technology, SEACOM has activated up to 400Gbps of routing and switching bandwidth at each facility. SEACOM will be able to scale both PoPs to 3.2 Tbps and beyond and the upgrade also enables the firm to scale up the capacity it has acquired on the WACS undersea cable to provide alternate traffic paths.
“This investment will enable us to grow our network and customer base, while continuing to provide a reliable and consistent experience to African businesses, service providers and consumers,” said Mark Tinka, Head of Engineering at SEACOM.
“Africa is becoming an important global player in the digital age and we are committed to investing in the best technology to support the growth of Internet access across the continent.”