The partnership will allow both companies to develop their network connectivity across the continent. On the one hand, Seacom can now service customers and partners beyond East and South Africa. Consequently, Vodacom will solidify its substantial presence across the continent.
The partnership will allow the underwater cable service provider customers to access network footprints in the continent. Seacom plans to use Vodacom’s network in 47 countries to help its customers reach far wide using a single network.
“Vodacom Business Africa has a network in 47 countries outside of South Africa. The network allows us to put our customers on to their network with a single SLA and a single contract. As such, they get the great Seacom service on someone else’s network; In this case, on Vodacom’s”.
The Vodacom partnership, among other expansion initiatives, stems from the increasing demand for connectivity across the continent. For instance, some firms invest in big cloud services, the Internet of Things, among other Internet intensive activities.
As a result, Seacom customers to look beyond their home markets, which demands high capacity internet connectivity.
The company aims to take at least 10% of their customers to the rest of the continent through Vodacom. Moreover, the respective brands and marketing capabilities will allow the two companies to wade off competitors.
The latest partnership ensures that SEACOM can service customer and partner demands beyond existing markets and across Vodacom’s infrastructure footprint – a significant move given the disruption taking place in the enterprise WAN space with technologies like SD-WAN gaining traction.