In order to improve performance, speed and reliability of African Internet, SEACOM, the African cable operator, had partnered with CDNetworks to deploy its content clusters and cashing nodes on its Pan-African IP network footprint in Tanzania.
Following the partnership, HTTP content is expected to be optimized, downloadable files and other web content will be accelerated, and lower latency will be achieved.
For the African end user this optimization will translate into faster speed, greater access, and increased reliability of Internet service.
In the SEACOM press statement, Mark Tinka, SEACOM Head of Engineering hails the new partnership: “We continue to improve the performance and reliability of access to the Internet for all our customers, and our partnership with CDNetworks is another qualitative step in that direction. Bringing content to Africa, and making it freely available to all our existing and growing customer base, means a richer and more rewarding internet experience for them. We shall continue this trend so our customers get the most out of their service with SEACOM.”
According to the SEACOM Kenya Country Manager Mr Joseph Muriithi, the results of the partnership will bring East African community closer to making Internet a common commodity.
The CDNetworks COO Mr Jeff Kim explained the rationale for CDNetworks to enter into partnership with SEACOM: “Many of our global customers, such as retail and gaming companies, are looking to reach the growing online population in Africa,” said Jeff Kim, :”With CDNetworks caching technology deployed in SEACOM’s network, Africa ISPs can now deliver global website content much faster to end-users, providing a better online experience.”
According to the AfricaCom Awards, SEACOM IP network was named as the Best Pan-Africa initiative in 2013.