Liquid Intelligent Technologies, Orange to expand network reach across Africa in new partnership
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Orange have struck a new partnership to leverage each other’s existing networks in Africa, allowing them even greater access and opportunity to build their businesses throughout the continent. Through this, Liquid will access Orange’s extensive network in West Africa, including the new Djoliba network, and likewise, give Orange access to its pan-African network. As a result, the two organizations will offer end-to-end high-speed connectivity and services across their networks, allowing existing and new customers in over 20 African countries greater access and opportunity to build their businesses.
“We are excited about embarking on this partnership with Orange, becoming a major customer on Djoliba as we continue to grow our existing relationship. We’ve long been committed to providing digital services that allow our customers to grow their businesses and the larger African economy. Partnering with a provider like Orange strengthens this offering. Our customers are the real winners in this partnership. Not only do they get access to the networks, but also the benefit of working with two carriers with proven track records of building African business and digital technology,” said David Eurin, Liquid Intelligent Technologies international wholesale CEO (Liquid Sea).
Orange has a substantial presence across many countries in West Africa including Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, and Liberia. Djoliba is the first unified superfast broadband network in the region that provides seamless connectivity with better availability thanks to network redundancy, security, and excellent quality of service. Operated and maintained from Dakar, Senegal for greater efficiency, responsiveness, and proximity, Orange has a dedicated supervision center. Djoliba is also the first network to offer complete security in West Africa with more than 10,000km of terrestrial fiber-optic network, coupled with 10,000km of undersea cables, superfast broadband provision (up to 100 Gbit/s), and a 99.99% availability rate. This network covers 16 points of presence with a grid of nearly 155 technical sites and offers connections with Europe, America, and Asia. It is based on Orange’s Tier 1 network and therefore provides a seamless connection to the Group’s international networks.
“I am very happy to announce this important partnership with Liquid Intelligent Technologies which will enable Orange to expand its broad portfolio of convergent solutions across Africa. It further demonstrates Orange’s commitment across Africa to deliver highly reliable connectivity to its customers. Furthermore, this partnership also clearly illustrates Orange’s unique expertise in cybersecurity and our crucial role in building a safer digital society,” said Emmanuel Rochas, CEO of Orange International Carriers.
The One Africa network from Liquid has 100,000km of fiber backbone and covers most of sub-Saharan Africa. The network development plans include extending the organization’s reach into North African countries like Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria. This partnership represents another milestone for Liquid as it continues on its mandate to become a premier African digital services provider. Orange’s networks have been the backbone of its success in the region for more than 20 years and this serves to strengthen its ability to make digital services more accessible as well as its contribution to the continent’s development as a whole.