SEACOM, Microsoft partner to enhance connectivity from data centers in South Africa

Tony Tugee, MD SEACOM presents during the SEACOM, Microsoft partnership breakfast at the Norfolk hotel in Nairobi

Internet and connectivity in Africa has evolved over many years with SEACOM having brought Africa its first high speed internet direct connectivity, what opened up the continent to the technological advancements most of which are enjoyed hitherto.

Today, Africa just got better after Microsoft’s recent launch of datacenters in South Africa’s Cape Town and Johannesburg, being the first ever in the entire content and SEACOM partnering with Microsoft to deliver direct and high speed connectivity for to the datacenters from Kenya.

Commenting on this offering, Tony Tugee the Managing Director for Seacom said, “The SEACOM subsea cable connecting Kenya to South Africa offers a fibre express route that carries Terabytes of capacity with speeds offered to business customers from as low as 50mbps up to 10Gbps.”

SEACOM recently acquired Fiberco’s network allowing it to extend this capability across South Africa and into the major datacenters, where cloud providers like Microsoft have presence.”

Microsoft’s recent launch of datacenters in South Africa makes it the sole vendor of cloud services in the continent what the Country Manager, Sebuh Haileleul said aims to give customers better and greater experience together with the agility, speed and cost effectiveness while leveraging on the cloud. Ms’s recent launch is to help accelerate movement of African businesses to the cloud.

Through years of experience with global cloud providers like Ms, SEACOM has been able to provide solutions to businesses considering cloud solutions like the launch of Azure ExpressRoute Offering together with Microsoft, that allows SEACOM customers to extend on-premise networks into the cloud without going over the public internet, which has been limited to datacenters that are outside of the African continent.

The opportunity for Kenyan customers and Microsoft partners to leverage SEACOM’s ExpressRoute to connect directly and reliably to Microsoft datacenters will enable more Kenyan Businesses to embrace the cloud and enhance digitization. We are excited that this journey will enable all our customers in the continent by offering them cloud solutions and availing a trusted path to digital transformation.” Sebuh Haileleul.

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