Earlier this week ITWeb featured an exclusive interview with SEACOM CEO Byron Clatterbuck regarding a new high-capacity line linking Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

Now further details of this latest national rollout has been revealed by the service provider, as the new “N1” route gets lit. This latest development follows SEACOM’s acquisition of FibreCo earlier this year, the firm notes, and will see it add additional capacity to national routes interconnecting Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban, East London and Kimberly during the next phase of the rollout.

“The N1 route traverses the spine of South Africa and has become the backbone for both current and future undersea cable systems which land on the East and West Coasts, and connect major public cloud providers to the country’s major metros. This enables fully redundant high-speed ring protection for diversity around the African continent,” SEACOM explained in a press release sent to Hypertext.

“Customers can benefit from a range of options, including end to end ‘express routes’ connecting major metros to major data centres, national long-distance services, as well as last-mile metro and town connectivity,” the service provider adds.

As for some of the initial benefits for regions that are not viewed as connectivity hubs, SEACOM notes that initial activation will see Bloemfontein and Worcester achieve 100Gbps connectivity speeds, with Colesberg, Beaufort West, Laingsburg and Touswriver connecting at 10Gbps.

“Our continued investment in open access infrastructure enables us to respond to the growing needs of our customers. This increases our open access redundant capacity to the existing connectivity making the multiple Terabits-per-second (Tbps) of Internet connectivity from the subsea cables more resilient,” says Clatterbuck.

Customers can leverage SEACOM’s state-of-the-art DWDM network which provides multi-terabit connectivity between the key data centres and to the cable landing stations. Lighting up additional fibre across South Africa also allows SEACOM to deliver affordable, high-speed Internet connectivity and cloud services to traditionally underserved mid-tier cities and towns along our routes,” he concludes.

With SEACOM’s network now spanning 4 000km and interconnecting more than 60 points of presence across the country, the firm has clear designs to become the go-to service provider in SA.