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SEACOM launches PoPs in Rwanda and Botswana

SEACOM continues to extend the geographical reach of its network with the launch of new points of presence (PoPs) in Rwanda through partnerships with strong local providers.

As a landlocked country, Rwanda has historically relied on costly international connectivity via satellite or transit from its neighbouring countries. That changed with the launch of the SEACOM submarine cable in 2009 on the east coast of Africa and the subsequent development of national fibre backbones that connect to SEACOM’s infrastructure. Competition has increased and the price of bandwidth has fallen

Rwanda has a population of 12 million people and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an investor-friendly business environment. However, telecoms infrastructure remained underdeveloped and prices high until a few years back. Rwanda completed a rollout of national fibre infrastructure relatively quickly, but connectivity to neighbouring countries and the coast took longer because it involved coordination with several third parties.

Rwanda now has multiple routes to a number of submarine cables. SEACOM’s new PoP, launched in partnership with Rwandan ISP Broadband Systems Corporation, is the latest in a long list of fibre developments that make SEACOM’s products more affordable and accessible.

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