Neotel sees surging demand for international cable connectivity


Neotel has confirmed today that the uptake of its international capacity has far exceeded its forecasts, increasing the need for international cable connectivity.

“The demand for this international capacity has been much higher than anticipated, which proves there is a definite need for all the international cables. This bodes well for any new international capacity, such as that of EASSy (the Eastern African Submarine System)”, said Dr Angus Hay, Executive Head – Technology at Neotel.

Neotel has to date provided clients with capacity from SAT-3/SAFE and SEACOM cables.

“We have been adding capacity on SAT-3 rapidly, in addition to ongoing SEACOM sales, says Hay. “With EASSy expected to land in July, we forecast that the additional capacity on that route will be taken up just as quickly”, he added.

Neotel offers connectivity through all of South Africa’s major international submarine cable systems, SAT-3/SAFE and SEACOM, soon to come EASSy (East Africa) and later WACS (West Africa).

“This heralds a new age of bandwidth competition, access and affordability for Africa to aggressively compete on the world stage. More cables will increase the available international bandwidth, as well as the level of reliability of international links”, concludes Hay.

Neotel is South Africa’s converged communications network operator, providing a range of value-added voice and data services for businesses, wholesale network operators and consumers using its IP Next Generation Network, powered by a high-performance fibre optic backbone.