Seacom extends support for innovation in East Africa

African telecoms enabler SEACOM has extended its support of Uganda’s technology incubation hubs by providing high-speed Internet connectivity to Hive Colab and Outbox. Both centres will receive 20mbps of bandwidth speed and they support developers and entrepreneurs who develop products for Uganda’s burgeoning technology industry. “This investment in bandwidth falls in line with SEACOM’s commitment to supporting technology innovation in Africa and to helping Uganda’s technology industry capitalise on the opportunities of broadband Internet,” said Joseph Muriithi, SEACOM’s Managing Director for Kenya and Regional Head of Sales for North East Africa. SEACOM has been supporting innovation hubs in Kenya since 2012 and in Uganda from 2014. Nailab, iHub, m:lab and 88mph are the Kenyan incubation and innovation centres currently benefiting from SEACOM’s high speed internet services. Muriithi said SEACOM will continue supporting broadband penetration in line with the East African Community’s mandate to ensure over 80% of the region’s population has Internet access by 2030. SEACOM’s move into Uganda is part of its strategy to expand into new territories and become a true pan-African service provider. SEACOM’s main cable landing station for East Africa is in Mombasa, with links to Asia, Europe and South Africa. Capacity from the cable is extended inland to Nairobi via three routes and then onto the Tororo border in protected mode. From here, it extends to SEACOM’s Kampala point of presence via underground and overhead routes. SEACOM’s landing station in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania offers redundancy for Ugandan links to the rest of its network. This ensures high service availability and service levels for Internet users in Uganda. The company also has partnerships with last-mile providers in Uganda to deliver the best possible Internet experience for broadband users.

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