31 Jul 2019
Businesses make decisions to invest in new technologies every day across South Africa, but until now access to the latest in emerging technologies – regarded as essential for operations in the Digital Age – has largely been limited to the country’s major metros. It’s understandable. With the high cost of infrastructure rollout, private telecommunications companies in the past have tended to focus first on bringing fibre to economic hubs where they are more likely to recoup their investment.
The situation is changing though, and with fibre access expanding beyond Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to reach South Africa’s smaller cities and towns, businesses in places like Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London and even Harrismith can finally explore the game-changing opportunities that cloud services – optimally delivered by reliable, high-speed fibre – enable. Read about how connectivity’s general evolution in South African has enabled the shift to cloud, here.
Given cloud’s well-documented efficiency-boosting and cost-saving benefits, there’s no reason why companies outside the major metros won’t have the same appetite for on-demand, digitally-delivered business services as their big-city counterparts – especially now that they’re gaining access. Moreover, it allows businesses outside of the major metros to fast track their Cloud Migration strategy and in doing so, to leapfrog over their metropolitan counterparts who may still have legacy dependencies before their migration can be effected. SEACOM’s exponentially increased fibre footprint now puts everyone on the same playing field. A noticeable advantage can be seen in the case of outlying branches (seen especially with metro-based banks) being able to use cloud services to improve operational efficiency thereby delivering a high-quality customer service reminiscent of those seen in larger metros but requiring only a fraction of the staff.
With the growing hunger for business optimisation in mind, SEACOM has made strategic moves to ensure every South African organisation across the country can access the data centres of leading cloud service providers. This is true whether the data centres are located in South Africa, like those of Microsoft Azure , or not yet in the country, such as the case with AWS, Oracle and IBM.
A prime enabler of this capability has been SEACOM’s strategic acquisitions programme. The chief of these moves has been the service provider’s 100% acquisition of FibreCo Telecommunications, a national fibre network with over 60 Points of Presence (PoPs) across South Africa, including in smaller cities and towns. Hopping on to the network at these points, businesses in smaller hubs can enjoy superior, scalable end-to-end cloud connectivity as the national network combines seamlessly with SEACOM’s pioneering Pan-African cable system, which connects the east coast of the continent with Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
One of the most exciting results of SEACOM’s expanded South African footprint is that the provider’s CloudWorx cloud connectivity solution is now available outside Johannesburg and Cape Town. CloudWorx enables businesses to connect their networks directly and privately to public cloud providers, whether located nationally or internationally. By bypassing the Internet and connecting directly into the cloud providers environments – the result is greater reliability, speed and security.
No matter if you're in a major metro area like Johannesburg, a medium-sized centre like East London or even smaller area like Harrismith, SEACOM's greater reach means that anyone almost anywhere in South Africa can enjoy fast, reliable and scalable connectivity to the cloud provider, or providers, of their choice. Big or small, urban or rural, get in touch to discuss CloudWorx and SEACOM’s other flexible cloud connectivity solutions to optimise operational efficiencies for SMEs and Corporate customers.