African Internet connectivity supplier SEACOM, and British Telecommunications (BT), have announced a strategic alliance which will help SEACOM further secure its own infrastructure and deliver new networking, security and communications solutions to enterprise customers in Africa.
As part of the agreement, SEACOM will leverage British Telecommunications’ services, vendor relationships and global expertise to expand its portfolio of services aimed at African businesses, a statement said.
Since the launch of its business division, SEACOM has substantially grown its customer and partnership base to strengthen its offerings and serve customers beyond existing markets.
Oliver Fortuin, Group Chief Executive Officer of SEACOM, said, “We’re excited to form this strategic alliance with BT and see the combined value of what we bring to our respective markets. With SEACOM’s global network and local presence, and BT’s global reach and expertise, we will be able to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of Cloud, security, and connectivity services that are reliable, scalable, and at the cutting-edge of industry.”
SEACOM’s customers will benefit from access to BT’s Cloud Security Incident Event Management (SIEM) platform.
In today’s business environment data, business applications and users live beyond an organisation’s traditional network. SIEM tools provide real-time visibility and monitoring across the organisation’s entire IT environment, providing an ideal security overlay to SEACOM’s existing ICT solutions.
BT protects some of the world’s largest organisations from a myriad of fast-evolving cyber threats with a global network of Security Operations Centres (SOCs).
Alessandro Adriani, director of system integrators and telecom service providers at BT’s Global unit, said: “We are thrilled to deliver BT’s world-class solutions to SEACOM and to their customers across the African continent. The areas of secure multi-cloud connectivity, next-generation networking solutions and collaboration services are the sweet spot where SEACOM and BT will combine their respective strengths.”