Seacom has gone live with a new point of presence (PoP) for its IP/MPLS network in Stockholm, Sweden. The pan-African telecom enabler and network provider now has PoPs in Europe’s five busiest centres for Internet traffic – Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt and Marseille.

Marseille is one of the key landing points in Europe for most of the marine cables coming in from Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Seacom’s IP transit network now offers African service providers and network operators direct connectivity to a range of Tier-1 partner networks in Europe. Its customers enjoy direct routes to Europe’s most important interconnection points, allowing them in turn to offer better performance and lower latency to their end-customers.

Mark Tinka, head of engineering at Seacom, comments: “We are the only African carrier with a PoP in Stockholm and the only one to cover all five of the largest Internet exchange points in Europe with our own PoPs. Because we control the infrastructure, from our global and African IP transit networks to remote peering points in Europe, we can guarantee quality and a high level of support.

“Our latest investments in Europe consolidate our position as Africa’s leading data network service provider, able to offer a resilient, high-quality network platform that spans the world. Since the bulk of Africa’s international traffic goes into and comes out of Europe, SEACOM is now positioned to provide a better experience for the continent’s growing population of broadband users.”