SEACOM has acquired MacroLan, an Internet service and managed services provider based in Cape Town in line with its strategy to extend fibre connectivity across South Africa and bolster its managed services capability for business customers.
MacroLan will become the pan-African connectivity and cloud-based service provider in Cape Town regional and will lead its fibre Internet access expansion in the Western Cape.
Byron Clatterbuck, CEO at SEACOM noted that the MacroLan acquisition is part of the significant growth that SEACOM has recorded following the successful launch of SEACOM Business which focuses on bringing broadband and cloud services directly to commercial business users.
Since August 2016, SEACOM Business has connected more than 1, 000 new enterprise customers in Kenya and South Africa offering the best-in-class connectivity and cloud services, with Fibre Internet Access options ranging from 25Mbps up to 1Gbps.
In July 2017, SEACOM kicked off the rollout of high-speed fibre internet in the southern areas of Johannesburg. The first phase in a plan to roll out in greater Johannesburg will involve the rollout of eight kilometres of fibre which will provide access to business and households in Meyersdal, Alberton.
“This transaction gives us the backing of a major pan-African telecom partner, in turn offering us access to the resources and muscle we need to grow our business,” said Paul Johnson, CEO at MacroLan.
Its network will now integrate directly into SEACOM’s African networks and submarine cable investments enhancing its customers’ experience.
MacroLan manages an expanding fibre network serving a growing number of Cape Town’s commercial users. It also owns and manages fibre infrastructure and access at numerous commercial buildings, offering fast, effective and well-priced business broadband services and value-added services.
Suveer Ramdhani, the Chief Development Officer at SEACOM added that the company will leverage MacroLan’s experience with fibre infrastructure deployment to further jointly develop its national network.