The critical portions of Seacom's subsea cable and land-based infrastructures have been completed on schedule – including the branching units and shore-ends necessary to direct the traffic to the landing stations across eastern and southern Africa. All cable landing stations including the terminal equipments have also been completed and are operational.
Testing is now underway and will cover the network's connections, interfaces and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy systems to ensure that optimum configuration and traffic flow is attained before customers go live, which is expected within the next month.
The entire system will be operated and controlled through Seacom's Network Operations Centre in Pune, India.
Connecting southern and eastern Africa to the rest of the world is the most important aspect of the project and the finalisation of the agreement with Interoute and Tata truly enables customers to connect to the global fibre network via a myriad of routes across all major European hubs and onwards to North America and the Middle East and Asia.
In addition, substantial headway was made to ensure that landlocked countries also benefit from the arrival of cheap and plentiful bandwidth.
Seacom will continue to work closely with these countries to ensure that inland networks are built. Current backhaul solutions cover Johannesburg, Kampala, Kigali and Nairobi. Seacom has worked with government, private investors and entrepreneurs to help facilitate new telecom infrastructure and content development businesses.
Brian Herlihy, CEO of Seacom, comments: "The team has made tremendous progress over the past couple of months and we are truly excited to finally have the finish line in sight.
"With the system substantially completed and testing underway, we are one step closer to delivering on our commitment and become the first project to provide eastern and southern African retail carriers with equal and open access to inexpensive bandwidth."