East Africa: Seacom Makes a Move Into Cloud Computing

Harry Hare| Allafrica

Seacom known for its undersea optical fiber cables is expected to make their first move into offering cloud services tomorrow (Thursday 11th April 2013) with the launch of their Pamoja Cloud Services. Pamoja is a cloud services marketplace that the company says will revolutionize the way the SME sector conducts business. Seacom becomes the second infrastructure company to move into this space after Safaricom who launched their service about a year ago. Read Safaricom launches cloud services.

According to the company website, Pamoja’s business model is “built on the growing demand for IT-as-a-Service from small and medium enterprises (SME), coupled with the need for service providers to increase the value of their existing offerings and grow broadband revenue.” Pamoja is building a SME Cloud services marketplace, which it will then offer to its channel partners and service providers to on-sell under their own brand (white-labelled) to their customer base.

Pamoja is expected to “remove the capital expense barrier to entry for International content owners who want to expand their service footprint to the African continent; no upfront capital investment is required,” the statement said.

Pamoja is investing, initially, in Cloud computing infrastructure in South Africa and Kenya. This will allow Pamoja to service the Southern African markets with a strong focus on South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. From the Kenyan based platform services will be delivered to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

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