SEACOM launches two new PoPs in Rwanda and Botswana


SEACOM continues to extend the geographical reach of its network with the launch of new Points of Presence in Rwanda and Botswana through partnerships with strong local providers.

 As landlocked countries, Rwanda and Botswana have both historically relied on costly international connectivity via satellite or transit from their neighbouring countries. That changed with the launch of the SEACOM submarine cable in 2009 on the east coast of Africa and the subsequent development of national fibre backbones that connect to SEACOM’s infrastructure. Competition has increased and the price of bandwidth has fallen – in the case of Botswana, by 70% in the past five years.

Rwanda has a population of 12 million people and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an investor-friendly business environment. However, telecoms infrastructure remained underdeveloped and prices high until a few years back. Rwanda completed a rollout of national fibre infrastructure relatively quickly, but connectivity to neighbouring countries and the coast took longer because it involved coordination with several third parties.

Rwanda now has multiple routes to a number of submarine cables. SEACOM’s new Point of Presence, launched in partnership with Rwandan ISP Broadband Systems Corporation, is the latest in a long list of fibre developments that make SEACOM’s products more affordable and accessible.

Botswana has a population of just 2 million people. After a period of stagnation, the number of internet users has climbed in recent years, largely as a result of lower prices following improvements in international connectivity. Regulatory reform has turned the country’s telecom market into one of the most liberalised in the region.

Botswana now has access to several submarine cables on both the east and west coasts of Africa. With the new SEACOM IP Point of Presence in Gaborone, launched in partnership with Botswana ISP Abari Communications, Botswana will now have the same access to the SEACOM Service Provider product set as Johannesburg.


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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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