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Seacom, Cdnetworks in Major Partnership

June 10, 2014

Mthulisi Sibanda

SEACOM has announced a new partnership with CDNetworks to improve the African internet experience.

SEACOM has deployed CDNetworks content clusters and caching nodes on its Pan-African internet protocol (IP) network footprint in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The nodes will accelerate and optimize HTTP content, rich media, downloadable files, video, music, software updates and other Web content requested by operators and Internet Service Providers connected to SEACOM's IP network.

African end-users will in turn enjoy lower latency, faster speeds and more reliable service when accessing popular web services and content from around the world, officials said.

"Many of our global customers, such as retail and gaming companies, are looking to reach the growing online population in Africa.

"With CDNetworks caching technology deployed in SEACOM's network, Africa ISPs can now deliver global website content much faster to end-users, providing a better online experience." said Jeff Kim, Chief Operations Officer, US/EMEA, CDNetworks.

Mark Tinka, SEACOM Head of Engineering said his company would continue improving the performance and reliability of access to the Internet for all Customers.

"Our partnership with CDNetworks is another qualitative step in that direction. Bringing content to Africa, and making it freely available to all our existing and growing customer base, means a richer and more rewarding internet experience for them.

"We shall continue this trend so our customers get the most out of their service with SEACOM," he said.

SEACOM was established in 2007 by a group of African investors with the objective of bringing the global Internet to Africa.

Two years later, SEACOM launched the first broadband submarine cable system along the East African coastline linking South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique with major internet connection hubs in Europe and Asia.

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Source: AllAfrica

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