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Seacom is buying Africell's assets in Uganda

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Pan-African telecoms service provider, Seacom, has announced it will acquire selected infrastructure assets from now-defunct Africell in Uganda.

Africell announced last September that it was exiting the Ugandan market "for commercial reasons" after seven years in the country.

Seacom said it is poised to take over a comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure essential for connecting enterprise customers. This includes 760 kilometers of fiber within the Ugandan capital city of Kampala and surrounding towns, a 250-square meter data center and office space for Seacom representatives and staff members.

"East Africa has been an important market for Seacom ever since we first arrived on the shores of Mombasa in 2009," said Tejpal Bedi, MD and regional head of sales for Seacom East and North-East Africa (ENEA).

"By officially establishing ourselves in Uganda through proprietary facilities and resources, we are prioritizing widespread connectivity and opening up opportunities to work with businesses in search of quality Internet services," Bedi added.

The acquisition is in line with Seacom's five-year strategy to further expand into East Africa. It also recently acquired Kenyan service provider Hirani Telecom's metro fiber network.

Seacom has provided wholesale solutions to Uganda since its inception in 2009, and corporate solutions since 2018.

The service provider claims to have a large footprint in Uganda's financial services sector and works with government and non-governmental organizations, including those in the education, technology and hospitality sectors.

Seacom launched Africa's first broadband submarine cable system along the continent’s Eastern and Southern coasts in 2009. Now the company owns extensive ICT data infrastructure in Africa including multiple subsea cables, a continent-wide IP-MPLS network, metro fiber in major African cities as well as offering communications and cloud solutions.

"Seacom is responding to the needs of the market. Customers are starting to buy more bandwidth. Businesses are making use of the cloud like never before, using enterprise resource planning, Office 365, and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions that serve not just to fill gaps, but aid in driving digital transformation and strengthening internal and external capabilities. The growth of the Internet in the region follows the demands of these businesses, and it’s up to us to facilitate that," concluded Bedi.

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