Convergence Partners investee, SEACOM, has excelled at the annual AfricaCom awards this year, clinching two first places and one second place in key categories of the prestigious awards. The AfricaCom Awards are held each year during the AfricaCom Conference in Cape Town and recognise excellence in the telecoms, media and ICT sectors.
Convergence Partners’ investee company, SEACOM, has launches its Cape Town point-of-presence (PoP), growing its African footprint. Pan-African ICT firm Seacom has launched a PoP in Cape Town, in a bid to better link undersea cables along Africa’s Eastern and Western coastlines.
Convergence Partners’ investee, SEACOM, has been shortlisted at AfricaCom Awards for 2013 in the following categories: for Best Pan African Initiative, Best Connectivity Solution for Africa and Best Network Improvement.
SEACOM, a Convergence Partners’ portfolio company, launched a new Remote Peering service, a product which bundles SEACOM connectivity with exchange point membership to provide operators and ISPs in Africa with a single point of contact for the management of their international peering requirements.
Convergence Partners investee, Seacom has given 100Mbps Internet connectivity to four innovation centres in Kenya. The application of this bandwidth is to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience. The centres, iHub, m:Lab, naiLab and 88mph, will now benefit from super fast Internet speeds to launch their applications on the Internet.
Pamoja, the cloud services business unit of Seacom and provider of wholesale cloud computing services, will provide cloud services to link FlowCentric Technologies with Guideline BizTech.
Advanced process technology, Rubi-Flow, from FlowCentric Technologies, a leading local provider of agile, robust, and easily-integrated business process management solutions, is being used to automate and power the business process components of Guideline BizTech’s enterprise business management tool, RUBiQ – a service solution selected for Pamoja’s cloud services offering for Africa.
Mark Tinka, Head of Engineering at Seacom, a Convergence Partners investee, says that telecommunications regulators and African governments need to clear away the red tape and regulatory risks around putting fibre in the ground to encourage network operators to invest in sinking fibre into the ground for terrestrial long-distance and last mile connectivity.
Convergence Partners’ investee, SEACOM, has signed an interconnection agreement with Epsilon Telecommunications. With SEACOM preconnected, Epsilon can offer its customers network connectivity to Africa via the SEACOM network as well as carrying African telecommunications traffic globally. Customers of SEACOM in turn have access to Epsilon’s 450+ preconnected network operators around the world.
The Seacom cable network, which was damaged last month, has been fully repaired and all circuits have been restored. The subsea cable was cut in the Mediterranean Sea in March, along with other cable systems. It is suspected the break was caused by a ship dragging its anchor.
Seacom, a Convergence Partners investee company, has launched a new company called Pamoja, to offer small and medium-sized enterprises the ability to provide cloud computing-based services to their customers without the capital outlay such services usually require. Pamoja is the Swahili word for “together” and is Seacom’s effort to increase the use of such services in Africa