Connectivity service provider SEACOM has quite a few developments in store for the African continent. More specifically it recently announced that eight new points of presence (PoPs) will be opening up across Africa, as the firm looks to strengthen its position as a service provider for local businesses.

Some of the aforementioned PoPs’ will be at Microsoft’s recently launched Azure data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as the extension of its Kenyan ecosystem with a new icolo data centre in Mombasa. The latter is intended to offer better service provider and enterprise support for SEACOM’s customers in the region.

“SEACOM’s Mombasa PoP is also significant as it connects Kenya’s first truly open-access data centre onto the SEACOM open-access data network,” explained the company in a press statement.

“Rare in the region, in comparison to operator-owned data centres, these carrier-neutral facilities encourage competition in the local ICT sphere, helping to increase cloud-based service offerings for customers while driving down costs,” SEACOM added.

The company’s plans for Kenya do not end there though, with similar setups earmarked for Nairobi and Kampala in the near future.

Shifting focus back to South Africa SEACOM is also deploying a new PoP at the Teraco Bredell data centre. “This new facility is a key location, catering specifically to content providers and enterprise customers. It will also serve as an important data recovery site for many operators,” noted Robert Marston, global head of product at SEACOM.

While this latest batch of PoP deployments strengthens SEACOM’s positioning on the continent, they are also talking up the benefits it will deliver for its customers. According to the firm, having a closer proximity to its core businesses will see significant improvements to their speed and reliability.

“The moves that SEACOM is making to improve our infrastructure on the continent will benefit African companies with greater high-speed, reliable and secure connectivity to cloud services and other online tools,” adds Marston.

“One of our major objectives is to add simplicity to cloud migrations wherever possible,” he concludes.

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