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Liquid interconnects East Africa

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Liquid Telecom Group has expanded its fibre link to East Africa, making it the first wholesale carrier to connect the East African capitals of Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Kigali on a single fibre network.Liquid Telecom Kenya recently built a fibre link from Nairobi to Namanga on the border with neighbouring Tanzania. It has the capacity of multiple STM 64s with traffic terminating in Tanzania that now passes onto TTCL’s fibre network providing Liquid Telecom’s customers fixed and mobile operators, wholesale carriers and enterprises with reliable, robust and fast connectivity throughout Tanzania.

Liquid Telecom Group yesterday announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd to interconnect with its fibre network in Tanzania.

“We continue to expand and invest heavily in our fibre network to provide our customers with secure and reliable routes across Central, Eastern and Southern Africa,” said Liquid chief executive Mr Nic Rudnick.

Traffic into and out of Tanzania will now interconnect with Liquid’s existing networks in the neighbouring countries of Kenya, Rwanda, DRC and Zambia as well as the other countries in which Liquid is operational; Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Traffic terminating in Tanzania will now pass onto TTCL’s fibre network providing Liquid Telecom’s customers – fixed and mobile operators, wholesale carriers and enterprises – with reliable, robust and fast connectivity throughout Tanzania.

Meanwhile, Liquid launched a new company within the group called the East Africa Data Centre Ltd, an independent company within the Liquid Telecom Group with a separate management team from its sister companies which include Liquid Telecom Kenya.

The biggest challenges for new-build data centres in Africa have always been the same which are connectivity, security and power supply. East Africa Data Centre has been built according to international data centre standards and offers security, connectivity, comprehensive on-site support, flexibility service availability and redundancy.

“Quality data centres are an important element in the creation of an independent African telecoms infrastructure. Our significant investment in this data centre has been driven by demand from across Africa. By keeping African data in Africa we continue to help build Africa’s digital future,” East Africa Data Centre general manager Mr Dan Kwach said.

The company also said this data centre has been specifically designed to meet the needs of different business segments from across the continent. Liquid Telecom Group has built Africa’s largest single fibre network which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town.

In total, its award-winning Pan-African fibre network spans over 15 000km and is the first fibre network to cross country borders covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before.

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