SEACOM and TDM ink deal to connect landlocked Zimbabwe

30 Jun 2011

SEACOM, the privately funded submarine cable that connects telecoms carriers in South and East Africa to networks in France and India, has announced that it has signed a Master Services Agreement with Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM), the sole national fixed line operator in Mozambique. The agreement will allow broadband subscribers in Zimbabwe to interconnect to the SEACOM system in Maputo via a link in Mutare. This additional connectivity route in Mozambique complements SEACOM’s existing connection to Zimbabwe through South Africa, via Beit Bridge. The agreement is expected to provide Zimbabwean customers with improved resiliency and redundancy. Brian Herlihy, SEACOM CEO, commented: ‘This agreement with TDM demonstrates our commitment to partner with established players to improve the range of services to customers whilst continuously expanding the reach of SEACOM’s low cost services into landlocked countries across the region’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TDM owns a fibre-optic transmission network connecting the country’s ten provincial capitals, as well as linking to neighbouring South Africa’s fibre infrastructure through a partnership with domestic incumbent operator, Telkom South Africa.

Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mocambique Telecom (TMCEL, formerly TDM, mCel)