SEACOM plans to boost its terrestrial SA fibre network

cyberbob1979

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Hardly exciting news - since the pipes will be between the landing stations and the two POP's in Gauteng. From there, you get the usual drivel of DSLAMS and Telkom network to your home / office...
 

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Hardly exciting news - since the pipes will be between the landing stations and the two POP's in Gauteng. From there, you get the usual drivel of DSLAMS and Telkom network to your home / office...
Very exciting news! It will cut out Neotel, which was responsible for the majority of the Seacom outages.
 

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does not help if we are still paying Telkom for a line--but, yes, sounds excellent news!
 

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Very exciting news! It will cut out Neotel, which was responsible for the majority of the Seacom outages.
Neotel was responsible for the majority of Seacom outages? AFAIK it's the SEA-ME-WE4 international submarine cable which Seacom transits over which was the cause for most outages so far
 

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We should be thankful that we have companies like Seacom that are willing to invest in our country.

+1 for Seacom
 

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Neotel was responsible for the majority of Seacom outages? AFAIK it's the SEA-ME-WE4 international submarine cable which Seacom transits over which was the cause for most outages so far
From the end-user side it appears that Neotel was responsible for the outages, but that is not true. SEACOM entered into an agreement with SEA-ME-WE4, the last leg that caused many of the fibre outages.
It's encouraging to see SEACOM taking steps to address connectivity issues in SA and there have been no outages over the past few months. That is how a company that cares for its customers should operate.
 

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Very exciting news! It will cut out Neotel, which was responsible for the majority of the Seacom outages.
Yes, very exciting.

Redundancy is SEACOM's biggest issue, this link is vital. Also this will make another "local loop" making local traffic more available.
 

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Neotel was responsible for the majority of Seacom outages? AFAIK it's the SEA-ME-WE4 international submarine cable which Seacom transits over which was the cause for most outages so far
Yes, you are correct. Just checked and below is my scoreboard:
Outage:
1 2010-04-14 SMW
2 2010-05-04 Neotel
3 2010-05-28 Neotel
4 2010-06-04 (Marseilles-London link; Not sure who this is. SMW?)
5 2010-07-05 SEACOM (3 week outage)
6 2010-08-14 Neotel (Capetown route only)
7 2010-12-02 SMW
8 2011-02-06 SMW
9 2011-03-16 SMW
10 2011-03-20 SMW
11 2011-04-20 SMW
12 2011-07-25 SMW

Thus:
Seacom 1
SMW 7
Neotel 3
Other 1

Luckily Seacom is in the process to add replace SMW. And now they have redundancy to Neotel as well. This will improve their redundancy a lot.
 
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