Cable & Wireless Seychelles has completed a nationwide fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) broadband access network, following a rollout which took two years. Furthermore, the company announced that the new higher speed local connections will be supported by the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine cable network, which has now entered commercial service. Cable & Wireless is one of the consortium partners in SEAS, the island nation’s first international fibre cable, which has ended the country’s reliance on satellite connectivity and increased its international data capacity, with an expected reduction in the local cost of broadband services to follow. As reported by CommsUpdate, in late-May SEAS was deployed at its Beau Vallon Bay landing point, linking the Seychelles to mainland Africa; other partners in the cable venture include Airtel Seychelles and Zantel, which operates the landing station on the Tanzanian side of the link.
The new local and international infrastructure is expected to drive an increase in broadband take-up in the Seychelles, where the UK-backed telco estimates current internet penetration stands at around 30% of households and businesses. Charles Hammond, CEO of Cable & Wireless Seychelles, commented: ‘Our country-wide fibre broadband network, supported by the new SEAS cable, represents a momentous step forward for telecoms in the Seychelles. It will support the rapid growth in demand for fixed and mobile broadband usage across the islands as well as providing better telecom connections for businesses both locally and internationally.’