Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital Business
Capital Business

Kenya

New SEACOM platform enables faster web access

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – Pan-African ICT enabler SEACOM, has launched an Internet Protocol platform that will allow direct routing of data traffic between African countries through a single seamless network.

The project involves the design, deployment and operation of nine land-based Internet access points that will store popular web content closer to where the Internet is accessed.

SEACOM Head of East and North Africa region, Julius Opio said through the platform, they will be able tap into their international core network which will enable a faster Internet browsing experience for end users.

SEACOM completed the laying of the undersea portion of the first fibre cable to connect southern and eastern Africa to the world in 2009, a move that Mr Opio said has contributed to bringing down connectivity costs.

"Two years ago, before SEACOM came into Kenya, all the connectivity was via satellite. So we brought in the marine cable, provided bulk hold and lasting connectivity via fibre using our partners and as a result, we have seen a dramatic uptake in internet usage, and also because of that, prices have reduced," he said.

However, he says that vandalism and interconnectivity with rural areas are some of the challenges

"Lasting connectivity is a major challenge we are facing. Eighty percent of our population is rural based, while 20 percent is urban based. However we also want to provide connectivity into the rural areas using our partners. They provide wireless connectivity. With wireless connectivity, there are some limitations, in regards to how much capacity or how much bandwidth you can use and that brings down the user experience," he said.

CISCO, Dimension Data and Inter Route were closely involved in the design, procurement and deployment of the SEACOM IP network. This approach of partnering with established players to provide broadband services based on resiliency, service quality and flexibility in line with customers\’ evolving needs.

Today, over a dozen countries across the African continent have access to SEACOM\’s low cost products and services via its extended network.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

SEACOM is a privately financed and owned submarine fibre optic cable network. The company has already connected South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

Follow the author at https://twitter.com/d2_ndegwa

Click to comment
Advertisement

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...

Headlines

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...