Seacom less than 5% used: Chief development officer

midnightcaller

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Interesting article

I was waiting for the part that contains recommendations and arguments for increasing the usage of the capacity.
 

evilstebunny

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Personally I blame Telkom.. and government.

Also, I'm probably not the only one thinking we're deliberately being 'throttled' so as to make maximum profits of a scarce resource.

The other question is Seacom even profitable at that low utilisation?
 

Xzib1t

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Municipalities are not helping the situation by rolling out their own networks, as they see them as revenue generating opportunities rather than facilitating the industry.
Will it ever change? Currently many things are driven simply by greed instead of the improvement of infrastructure.
 

Sonic2k

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The surprise will probably hit me next week.
The problem is that your sh*tty Seacom cable is always suffering outages, more or less the same time each year.
 

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Personally I blame Telkom.. and government.

Also, I'm probably not the only one thinking we're deliberately being 'throttled' so as to make maximum profits of a scarce resource.

The other question is Seacom even profitable at that low utilisation?
Yip profits...

I think Seacom is profitable because it costs so much per mb.
 

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Suppose it's not the worst news that there is spare capacity that can still be used...
 

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Suppose it's not the worst news that there is spare capacity that can still be used...
That means then the lack of overseas bandwidth is a myth, and its more a case of ISPs trying to coin it. It also means that true uncapped is possible, but they DON'T WANT TO DO IT!
 

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I blame Telkom but i blame Neotel more, Telkom is traditionally useless Neotel is non existent. Fibre is a joke as well. I live only 400m away from one but must ensure R32000pm over the next 24 to have it. All the isps are high on something.
 

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If you look at the data growth across all networks, they'll be lighting up that international fiber soon enough.

IMO. Seacom should start looking at offering FTTH products.
 

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That means then the lack of overseas bandwidth is a myth, and its more a case of ISPs trying to coin it. It also means that true uncapped is possible, but they DON'T WANT TO DO IT!
Of course it's a myth even from SAT-3 days but between IPC, peering and transit the choices are rather clear. I would like to see a follow up on utilisation of the other submarine cables.
 

f2wohf

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If they manage Seacom the way they know how to write Marseille... :whistling:

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If you look at the data growth across all networks, they'll be lighting up that international fiber soon enough.

IMO. Seacom should start looking at offering FTTH products.
No, they'll use more of the WACS capacity and they have better latency to the "West".
 

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Yip profits...

I think Seacom is profitable because it costs so much per mb.
Agreed.

Don't forget we have other players in the arena it isn't all about them. Would be nice getting more information from their competitors on how much is being lit up.
 

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Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani sheds light on how bottlenecked South Africa’s local networks are.
Read the article and maybe I should watch the video to see if it is contextually correct...

If it is as per the article then all I can say is... Seacom knew these pre-existing conditions and still built an undersea cable. Where they expecting a miracle in the the SA telecommunications sector?

As per midnightcaller, what are Seacom proposing to turn this situation around? Will they enter the market on a local level? Will they roll out FTTH or metro backhaul links? Or will they remain as is and eventually sell up and move on?
 

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Yip profits...

I think Seacom is profitable because it costs so much per mb.
That means then the lack of overseas bandwidth is a myth, and its more a case of ISPs trying to coin it. It also means that true uncapped is possible, but they DON'T WANT TO DO IT!
Back haul (exchange is outdated) if we had the latest infrastructure available last mile then it would be possible for true uncapped.. example 200 people connected to an lte tower everyone wanting to download.... There just isn't enough capacity to go around for everyone.

The way telkom are promoting their LTE it's like they not interested bringing fibre to consumers due to the cost associated..

When they were contracting their fibre network about 5 years ago at the same time they should have deployed fibre to all the consumers who were in the path.

Now it's going to be costly to dig up the trenches again and start building the rings. I have fibre in front of my house but paying R5000 per month for fibre they can stick it.
 

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Back haul (exchange is outdated) if we had the latest infrastructure available last mile then it would be possible for true uncapped.. example 200 people connected to an lte tower everyone wanting to download.... There just isn't enough capacity to go around for everyone.

The way telkom are promoting their LTE it's like they not interested bringing fibre to consumers due to the cost associated..

When they were contracting their fibre network about 5 years ago at the same time they should have deployed fibre to all the consumers who were in the path.

Now it's going to be costly to dig up the trenches again and start building the rings. I have fibre in front of my house but paying R5000 per month for fibre they can stick it.
Wireless fibre :whistling:
 
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