Epsilon and SEACOM Interconnect to Offer Greater Global Access to Africa
The agreement between SEACOM and Epsilon gives network operators more connectivity options in and out of Africa
Epsilon Telecommunications, the world’s largest global telecoms network exchange, has signed an interconnection agreement with privately owned communications service provider SEACOM. With SEACOM pre-connected, Epsilon can offer its customers network connectivity to Africa via the SEACOM network as well as carrying African telecoms traffic globally. Customers of SEACOM in turn have access to Epsilon’s 450+ preconnected network operators around the world.
Epsilon has connected to SEACOM in Telehouse North in London, UK. All network operator traffic arriving on the undersea cable systems in London can connect to Epsilon’s global network exchange seamlessly. Similarly, international network operators buying services from African operators can deliver their traffic via SEACOM’s undersea cable systems.
“Having agreements with SEACOM allows us to serve more African carriers while helping carriers around the world connect to one of the world’s fastest growing telecoms markets,” says Clint Collins, Regional Director, Carrier Business MEA at Epsilon Telecommunications. “We see growing demand in Africa for our outsourced network model and this agreement with SEACOM reaffirms our commitment to supporting African telecoms development.”
Privately funded and over three quarters African-owned SEACOM’s undersea cable system directly connects South Africa and eastern Africa with Europe and southern Asia, covering a distance of over 17,000 km.
“At SEACOM our goal is to enable the future of the African internet and this means ensuring that our customers have access to high-quality network services both in Africa and abroad. Connecting with Epsilon further adds to the portfolio of network services available to the African market which is the foundation for growth,” says Claes Segelberg, Chief Technical Officer at SEACOM.
Epsilon has also signed an interconnection agreement with West Africa Cable System on the west cost of the continent. The consortium-owned WACS undersea cable system spans 16,000 km and has 15 landing stations from South Africa to the UK. The WACS consortium is made up of 11 international telecoms carriers. This gives Epsilon undersea cable presence that circumnavigates Africa.
SEACOM, the only privately funded and truly neutral carrier in its market, is a bandwidth solution enabler with an extensive network of submarine and terrestrial high speed fibre serving the east and west coasts of Africa with onward reach to and from Europe, India and Asia.
In service since July 2009, SEACOM has increased the availability of International bandwidth in Africa ten-fold and more in many of Africa’s most underserved nations – providing high quality, cost effective, end-to-end wholesale connectivity.
SEACOM sees Africa as a rich source of content and ICT activity and continues its commitment to closing Africa’s digital divide by building a truly African Internet.
For more information, visit http://www.seacom.mu.