Liquid Telecom Links East and West Africa with shortest land fibre

Liquid Telecom has launched the fastest direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa.

This breakthrough coast-to-coast digital corridor follows the completion of Liquid Telecom’s new high-capacity fibre link running 2,600-kilometre across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“Liquid Telecom has connected East to West Africa with the most direct digital corridor across the southern hemisphere. We have set a new benchmark and achieved a historic milestone in our vision to create a more connected Africa,” said Liquid Telecom Gropu CEO Nic Rudnick said.

He added that sound infrastructure development has the potential to transform the prosperity and livelihood of the DRC population.

The expansion is expected to connect millions of DRC citizens and thousands of businesses to Liquid Telecom’s ‘One Africa’ broadband network linking the African continent to the rest of the world.

This will help to create a foundation for social mobility, economic diversification and private sector-led growth both in the DRC and more widely across Africa.

Until recently, no direct, land-based fibre network existed between East and West Africa. Network traffic between Kinshasa in the DRC and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, for example, was routed via London.

Liquid Telecom’s East to West fibre link promises significantly reduced latency between major continents via Africa. It also meets the growing demand from global enterprises for fast, reliable, high-capacity and cost-effective communication across the southern hemisphere.

This new extension connects the DRC to neighbouring Tanzania and Zambia with onward connectivity to Liquid Telecom’s ‘One Africa’ broadband network fast approaching 70,000km. It is central to the company’s vision to create a single fibre network spanning the entire African continent - North to South and East to West.

By doing this, it not only considerably shortened the communications route between East and West Africa and contributed to keeping the traffic local, it also laid the groundwork for connecting millions of Africa’s citizens to the internet and the world.

''This is a significant milestone in continued expansion of modern telecommunications infrastructure across the African continent, supporting governments’ policies aimed at closing the digital divide within their countries and ultimately ensuring connectivity,'' Director at Africa Analysis Dobek Pater said.

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