This comes after rumors that Seacom, in partnership with Econet Wireless, were looking at the possibility of buying Neotel, after the Vodacom-Neotel deal fell through.
Speaking at a recent conference, Suveer Ramdhani, the chief development officer at Seacom, was unable to make any specific statements but did hint that Seacom would love to buy Neotel, if it was an option.
According to industry experts Neotel would be a good fit for Seacom as they are already close partners on a number of infrastructure projects. With the launch of Seacom business last year last-mile fibre has become a major focus for the company, and an acquisition of Neotel could dramatically bolster its offerings in that space.
Since it was launched last October, Seacom Business has grown its base of South African channel partners servicing the business market from 20 to more than 65.
“We’ve found that there is a great deal of pent-up demand in the business market for high-speed fibre Internet access at an affordable cost. Customers are looking for a killer experience at the end of the line – the right performance and reliability at the right price,” says Kevin South, Seacom Business Channel Manager.