SEACOM is a privately funded venture which built, owns, and operates a submarine fibre-optic cable connecting communication carriers in south and east Africa. SEACOM sells wholesale international capacity to global networks via India and Europe.
The project's business model is to provide affordable bandwidth via volume discounts and large bandwidth growth. It is the first to provide broadband to countries in east Africa, which previously relied entirely on expensive, slower, satellite connections. South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya are inter-connected via a protected ring structure on the continent. A second express fibre pair connects South Africa to Kenya.
These two fibre pairs have a combined design capacity of 1.28 Tbit/s, of which 100 Gbit/s is currently active. The cable was commissioned for operation on 23 July 2009.