SEACOM Deploys Infinera TM-Series for 100G Networks in Africa

Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced that SEACOM deployed the Infinera TM-Series for its new metro wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks in South Africa and East Africa, improving its customers’ connection to international networks. The TM-Series was also selected for SEACOM’s East African regional backbone network.

The Infinera TM-Series, optimised for 10 gigabit per second (Gb/s) and 100 Gb/s WDM, will be used for SEACOM’s metro core networking and regional backbone networks. SEACOM selected the Infinera TM-Series for its flexibility in providing a scalable solution for packet-optical networking for metro and backbone applications, low power consumption and low latency. 

SEACOM owns and operates a high-capacity international network consisting of multiple submarine cable systems connecting Africa to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. SEACOM’s submarine and terrestrial networks, stretching across 17,000 kilometers, enable connectivity solutions that give carriers, network operators, and service providers the ability to expand and grow their operations across Africa and beyond. The new metro networks are located at key landing points and were designed to handle the increased capacity and to support multiple new services.

“We are delighted to be able to increase the quality of our offering to all customers by investing in scalable metro networks and an upgrade of our regional backbone network to support multiple 100 Gb/s links,” said Claes Segelberg, CTO of SEACOM. “Infinera's packet-optical network solution fits easily into our existing infrastructure and allows SEACOM to offer a uniform, flexible and scalable platform while minimising our ongoing operational costs.”

“This ongoing deployment with SEACOM is a great demonstration of how our customers can quickly add new services to an existing infrastructure and capitalise on our end-to-end solutions,” said Nick Walden, senior vice president of sales for EMEA. “The Infinera TM-Series metro packet-optical solution enables SEACOM to expand the capabilities of its networks, creating high-bandwidth solutions for its customers.”

Infinera worked closely with local partner XON to build these new networks for SEACOM. SEACOM first deployed the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network in 2014 with the Infinera DTN-X Family for its African terrestrial network.