Ugandans now have a wider option of content on the internet, after the Uganda Communication Commission granted telecommunication service provider, Seacom a Public Infrastructure Provider license to deploy two Point of Presence (PoPs) access points in Kampala.
The two exchange points will enable Ugandan operators and service providers efficiently grow and optimize their networks and rapidly activate their services and upgrades through Seacom’s scalable network platforms.
“The result will be a better quality of service for their end-customers,” said Seacom’s Chief Commercial Officer Byron Clatterbuck.
He said the two exchange points will improve internet access in Uganda by 50pc, enabling users to access popular content such as video, music and software updates.
SEACOM has a remote peering service that provides access to more than 1,100 members of exchanges such AMS-IX, LINX, FRANCE-IX and NAP Africa through a single port solution.
The deployment further boosts the company’s footprint in the region. It has similar exchange points in Kenya and Tanzania. The new PoPs will further enable onward access to neighbouring Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.
“Our new license allows us to own and operate our network all the way between Kampala and our international network. This will help bring more global connectivity to Uganda while improving the quality of the broadband experience for Ugandans,” said Mr. Clatterbuck.
He said the two PoPs will be directly connected through ring-switched backhaul links through Nairobi to Mombasa and on to the Seacom international subsea cable network.
Through these connections, Uganda will have more direct and robust access to global communications interconnection points and the global Internet.
SEACOM’s IP network offers global connectivity to Europe and Asia, interconnection to multiple Tier-1 network operators.