Undersea fibre cable provider SEACOM announced that in an effort to improve the African Internet experience, they have signed a new partnership with Akamai Technologies. SEACOM has deployed Akamai content clusters and caching nodes on its Pan-African IP network footprint.
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.
Sabine Sitterli, Senior Director Network Business Development, Akamai EMEA, says “Akamai’s Accelerated Network Partnership with SEACOM is an important part of Akamai’s continued platform expansion strategy in Africa to improve reliability and performance for internet users across the continent.”
Robert Marston, SEACOM Global Head of Product says “Bringing content directly onto the African continent ensures SEACOM provides the best and most comprehensive IP Transit offering to our customers. The benefit for African Internet users is that they will enjoy an Internet experience that is truly world class as they access the services and content they depend on every day.”
“SEACOM’s IP network was named as the Best Pan-Africa initiative at the 2013 AfricaCom Awards. We will continue to develop new partnerships and expand our network and IP Transit offerings to help our operator and service provider customers to differentiate themselves in today’s competitive and highly-evolving African marketplace” concludes Marston.