Friday, 18 August 2017

Liquid Telecom builds its own fibre network in northern South Africa

Liquid Telecom
Wednesday 12 September 12

Liquid Telecom today announced that the construction of its fibre link in the north of South Africa stretching from Johannesburg to Zimbabwe is progressing well. Work began three months ago. The new 521 kilometre link connects to Liquid’s existing fibre network and will carry much-needed capacity from the submarine cables inland. Liquid Telecom has built the largest fibre network in Southern Africa which provides backhaul between most urban areas and last mile connectivity in the main cities of Zambia…

Liquid Telecom today announced that the construction of its fibre link in the north of South Africa stretching from Johannesburg to Zimbabwe is progressing well. Work began three months ago.

The new 521 kilometre link connects to Liquid’s existing fibre network and will carry much-needed capacity from the submarine cables inland.

Liquid Telecom has built the largest fibre network in Southern Africa which provides backhaul between most urban areas and last mile connectivity in the main cities of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa.

Liquid’s network is the first to cross country borders and covers some of the most challenging parts of the world where no fixed network has existed before; many of these areas are not covered by wireless or satellite either.

Liquid has moved the Southern African market away from a reliance on expensive satellite services with limited capacity. It operates as a wholesale carrier in all five countries as well as an operator in Zambia and Zimbabwe. It provides virtually unlimited broadband capacity to operators, ISPs, banks, mining companies and other corporations, operators and ISPs including Econet Wireless, Mascom and Telecom Lesotho.

Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, said: “There are two other fibre networks above Johannesburg which we were using but service levels were disappointing. By building and owning our own infrastructure we can guarantee quality, reliability and availability. Our fibre network is the most extensive in Southern Africa. It is increasing the prosperity of ordinary Africans and the businesses which serve and employ them. We are an ambitious well-funded company committed to investing our profits into expanding our fibre network still further”.

Liquid Telecom will be investing heavily in expanding into new countries over the next three years to ensure that for the first time all countries and operators in Central and Southern Africa are directly connected.

Liquid’s fibre network is supplemented by Liquid Telecom’s satellite networks that provide connectivity to 18 countries in Africa using both large and small capacity terminals for residential and commercial customers.

Liquid Telecom is a platinum sponsor of the Capacity Africa show being held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on 13-14 September. Nic Rudnick will be chairing a panel on 13 September which will address the key telco issues in Southern Africa and will be speaking about the challenges of operating in landlocked countries on 14 September.

About Liquid Telecom www.liquidtelecom.com

Liquid Telecom has built the largest broadband network in Southern Africa providing connectivity using fibre, satellites and wireless broadband.

Liquid Telecom also provides outsourced transaction switching and point of sale solutions to major international banking groups in Africa and Europe.

Established in 2003, Liquid Telecom is a subsidiary of the Econet Wireless Group.


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