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Liquid Telecom extends fibre network to DRC

Thursday 15 November 2012 | 10:54 CET | News
Zimbabwe's Econet Wireless Group subsidiary Liquid Telecom has extended its fibre network to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), connecting the second largest city of Lubumbashi to international networks for the first time, IT Web reported. Liquid Telecom's fibre network connects DRC to regional subsea cable networks including the West Africa Cable System (WACS), via Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This is significant as WACS is unlikely to arrive in the DRC capital Kinshasa until at least March 2013. Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, said the expansion into DRC is a major milestone both for the company and the people of the DRC.

One of the DRC's four mobile operators is already using Liquid's fibre network to backhaul international traffic from Lubumbashi, eliminating the satellite 'double-hops' in its network. Liquid Telecom's fibre network is the biggest of its kind in Southern Africa. It provides backhaul between most urban areas and last mile connectivity in the main cities of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. Liquid Telecom operates as a wholesale carrier in all five countries as well as an operator in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its network provides connectivity to Africa's four main subsea fibre systems, namely WACS, EASSY, Seacom and SAT3.

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


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Categories: Fixed / Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Eassy / Econet Wireless / Liquid Telecom / Seacom / WACS
Countries: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the / Zimbabwe
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