ENEASEACOM, a Pan-African telecommunications services provider, has announced the new appointment of Tejpal Bedi to the role of Managing Director (MD) and Regional Head of Sales for the ENEA region, effective from 1 November 2021.

According to a statement from the firm, Tejpal Bedi joins SEACOM with a wealth of experience in leading and driving high performing organisations within the telecommunications and ICT sectors in East Africa. Before joining SEACOM, he was MD of CloudSmiths East Africa, a position he has held since 2015.

Prior to this, he held the position of MD for Internet Solutions East Africa where he transformed (Iconnect) into a global player in the industry, and also founded the training and consulting company,

“We are delighted to welcome Tejpal Bedi on board. We have every confidence that his wealth of experience will enable us to drive growth in the region and help us to better serve our wholesale and enterprise clients in this key region,” Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at SEACOM Group, Steve Briggs, said, commented on the new appointment.

“This is an exciting time for Tejpal and the SEACOM Kenya team as a whole.”

Bedi has a degree in Business Studies from the University of Wales, UK, and an MBA from the University of Leicester, UK. He also serves as a Director at TESPOK, the body that manages the Kenya Internet Exchange Point and the voice of the Kenyan telecommunication industry.

Bedi is also the past Chairman and Founder of Kenya IT and Outsourcing Service (KITOS), providing policy and direction within the IT-enabled services industry and government.

This comes weeks after SEACOM acquired the metropolitan fibre network of Kenya’s Hirani Telecom.

The network will be incorporated into Seacom’s existing metro network in Nairobi, and will be under its full control, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Hirani Telecom is a triple-play service provider, and the largest last-mile provider in the region. Seacom said the acquisition is part of its strategy in the region to grow its on-network capabilities.

Hirani Telecom owns two carrier-neutral national metro networks. The first is used to service its home users with Internet and content, and this will be retained by Hirani, which will continue operations as usual.

Seacom was the company that built the first subsea fibre telecommunications cable to serve Africa’s east coast.

Earlier in the month of October this year, NETSCOUT was selected by Seacom to provide managed DDoS and security services to enterprise customers in Kenya and South Africa.

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