SEACOM announced today that it has selected Ciena Corporation’s 6,500 Packet-Optical Platform and OneControl Unified Management System for the upgrade of its submarine network across the Southern and Eastern African coastlines.
SEACOM said that Ciena’s technology will allow it to meet the growing capacity demands of its customers and enable affordable Internet access to East Africa.
The upgrade includes key countries in SEACOM’s 17,000km undersea network, including India, Egypt, Dijbouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa.
“The solution will allow SEACOM to deliver its capacity in very short time-frames and provide for future demands,” the company said in a press statement.
The deployment will initially use Ciena’s 40G coherent transport technology, with ultra-long distance 100G wavelengths planned for future upgrades.
“Connectivity services in Africa are booming due to the growing needs of business IT users, the rise of ‘cloud’ based services, and growing requirements for the processing and storing of personal data,” said Claes Segelberg, chief technology officer at SEACOM.