SEACOM yesterday announced that they have moved from a basic international fibre infrastructure provider (selling STM 1, 4, 16 and 64 IPLC services) to an IP packet product provider, significantly extending their product range.
This was made possible by SEACOM’s new IP platform. “The IP Platform 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 explained in a press statement.
IP network nodes are already live in Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Maputo, Marseille, Mombasa and Mtunzini, with three more nodes destined for Nairobi, Uganda and Rwanda.
The new IP products from SEACOM may well allow the company to compete more effectively in a market which now has numerous IPLC competitors, including SAT-3/SAFE, EASSy and soon WACS.
SEACOM’s new product range includes IP VPN, Internet, IP Transit, Ethernet and IPL (International Private Line) offerings which are discussed in more detail below.
International Private Line (IPL)
SEACOM’s International Private Line (IPL) service delivers dedicated, high-speed connectivity between two geographic locations. IPL is the original standard of global connectivity delivered across an SDH backbone, to provide customers with services in multiples of STM-1, 4, 16 and 64.
SEACOM’s Ethernet service is available on the SEACOM MPLS platform and delivered across its African, European, and Asian networks.
SEACOM’s Ethernet service connectivity ranges from 30 Mbps to 10 Gbps. This product enables customers to create their own managed infrastructure based on Ethernet over MPLS technology.
SEACOM’s IP Transit service operates over a native IPv4 / IPv6 IP network. IP Transit from SEACOM is an IP service for customers with their own Autonomous System Number (ASN) and provider independent block of IP addresses. The IP Transit service advertises routes to all Internet destinations via access points in Europe and Asia.
SEACOM’s IP Transit is available from 30 Mbps to 10 Gbps Ethernet, allows bandwidth bursting, has caching services available and protects against DDoS attacks.
SEACOM’s Internet service gives customers direct access to the Internet via the company’s IPv4 / IPv6 IP network.
SEACOM also offers Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, ensuring high network availability and enhanced user experience by protecting content from malicious attacks.
SEACOM’s IP Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) service is specifically designed to deliver an efficient, scalable and reliable way of connecting together customer sites no matter where they are located.
Based on MPLS technology this service is available across SEACOM’s complete network. Through connectivity partners, SEACOM’s IP VPN service can be delivered on a worldwide basis. Multiple connection options are available to customers, such as SDH or Ethernet access lines.
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