South Africa receives R100m investment in broadband services
25 July 2011
South Africa's (SA's) ICT networks are set to improve after the country has received an R100 million (£9.04 million) investment in its broadband and communication services.
Seacom has revealed that it is putting the money into establishing a cable link between Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal, in addition to buying physical optical fibre links from Dark Fibre Africa.
The group hopes that this investment will help meet the growing demand for broadband services in SA.
Chief executive officer of Seacom Brian Herlihy said: "This investment confirms Seacom's view that adequate infrastructure will ensure that the market can absorb new capacity within record time."
The company anticipates that 100Gb/s of the fibre will be lit at first, with 20 more waves expected to be lit within one year.
In addition to providing a boost for SA's communication networks, Seacom has also recently given its support to ICT in Mozambique.
It signed an agreement to allow customers of Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique in Zimbabwe to interact with the firm's system in Mozambique's capital Maputo.