Seacom partners Akamai Technologies

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Seacom has announced a partnership with Akamai Technologies,  and will deploy Akamai content clusters and caching nodes on its Pan-African IP network footprint.

The nodes will accelerate and optimise HTTP content, rich media, downloadable files, video, music, software updates and other Web content requested by operators and Internet Service Providers connected to Seacom's IP network, according to the company. African customers will enjoy lower latency, faster speeds and more reliable service.

Sabine Sitterli, senior director network business development, EMEA, for Akamai said: 'Akamai’s accelerated network partnership with Seacom is an important part of Akamai’s continued platform expansion strategy in Africa to improve reliability and performance for internet users across the continent.'

Robert Marston, Seacom's global head of product, said: 'Bringing content directly onto the African continent ensures Seacom provides the best and most comprehensive IP Transit offering to our customers. The benefit for African internet users is that they will enjoy an internet experience that is truly world class as they access the services and content they depend on every day.'

Seacom's IP network was named as the Best Pan-Africa initiative at the 2013 AfricaCom Awards.

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