SEACOM EXTENDS ITS SUPPORT FOR INNOVATION AND INCUBATION HUBS IN EAST AFRICA
African telecoms enabler SEACOM has extended its support of Uganda’s technology incubation hubs by providing high speed internet (20mbps) connectivity to Hive Colab and Outbox. Both centres support developers and entrepreneurs who develop products for Uganda’s burgeoning technology industry.
“This investment in bandwidth falls in line with SEACOM’s commitment to supporting technology innovation in Africa and to helping Uganda’s technology industry capitalise on the opportunities of broadband Internet,” said Joseph Muriithi, SEACOM’s Managing Director for Kenya and Regional Head of Sales for North East Africa.
SEACOM has been supporting innovation hubs in Kenya since 2012 and in Uganda from 2014. Nailab, iHub, m:lab and 88 mph are the Kenyan incubation and innovation centres currently benefitting from SEACOM’s high speed internet services.
Muriithi said SEACOM will continue supporting broadband penetration in line with the East African Community’s mandate to ensure over 80 percent of its population has internet access by 2030. SEACOM’s move into Uganda is part of its strategy to expand into new territories and become a true pan-African service provider.
SEACOM’s main cable landing station for East Africa is in Mombasa, with links to Asia, Europe and South Africa. Capacity from the cable is extended inland to Nairobi via three routes and then onto the Tororo border in protected mode. From here, it extends to SEACOM’s Kampala point of presence via underground and overhead routes.
SEACOM’s landing station in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania offers redundancy for Ugandan links to the SEACOM network. This ensures high service availability and service levels for Internet users in Uganda. SEACOM also has partnerships with last-mile providers in Uganda to deliver the best possible Internet experience for broadband users.