Liquid Telecom to launch FTTH services in Kenya, Rwanda
By Tom Jackson, South Africa
Liquid Telecom has announced it will launch Fibre To The Home (FTTH) in Kenya, Rwanda and two other African countries early next year, with the service already providing homes and small businesses in Zambia and Zimbabwe with unlimited data packages and 100Mbps broadband.
CEO Nic Rudnick said the company is laying more than 100km of new fibre every week, with the company aiming to set the highest possible standards for internet access across the continent.
“Our FTTH service has made accessing streamed, high-definition media via the internet a reality for homes and small businesses in some of the remotest parts of Africa. As a household or business in Africa, you cannot really benefit from global Internet services unless you have a high-speed fibre connection in addition to a mobile device,” Rudnick said.
“We are an ambitious and innovative organisation determined to continue investing and improving telecoms in Africa because we believe that every individual has the right to be connected.”
Rudnick said there were four requirements needed for FTTH to work in Africa: international connectivity at a reasonable price provided by subsea cables, terrestrial backbone networks bringing capacity inland, fibre rings around towns, and GPON FTTH technology.
Liquid Telecom’s fibre network includes fibre rings around the major towns and cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as a regional fibre ring around the whole of East Africa. The company said its FTTH service gives smaller businesses the same speeds as large corporations, and enables the use of cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365, Dropbox and online backups, along with video conferencing based on OTT services such as Skype.