Liquid Intelligent Technologies launches new fibre routes to boost regional connectivity in Africa
Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, is committed to building a robust and reliable fibre network that connects African countries and regions with each other and the rest of the world. To this end, Liquid recently announced the launch of two new fully redundant terrestrial routes – Kenya to Ethiopia and Zambia to Malawi. These routes will enable greater efficiency and reliable regional connectivity, both key to the economic development of these countries.
Kenya to Ethiopia: Liquid Intelligent links the two to the cloud
The fibre link between Kenya and Ethiopia spans over 1000 km and offers businesses in Ethiopia access to data centres and cloud in Nairobi, Kenya, ensuring that data doesn’t leave the continent. This link is further supported by the cross-border 711 km link between Zambia and Malawi, providing a direct and reliable connection to content caches and data centres in South Africa.
This link is a result of a partnership between Liquid, the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP). It connects Nairobi and Mega, a town in southern Ethiopia, and provides a capacity of four terabytes per second. It also complements the existing terrestrial routes across this border, offering carrier-grade connectivity that serves to rapidly expand data traffic on this important route.
Adil El Youssefi- CEO Rest of Africa at Liquid Intelligent Technologies, says: “Kenyan and Ethiopian businesses are rapidly adopting digital technologies, and this new link will enable trade and investment between these two great nations in our region. For Liquid Kenya, we see this growing demand being catalysed by the Kenya Kwanza Government’s Digital Superhighway Initiative (https://apo-opa.info/3Zj5lG8), and this 1000 km of newly lit fibre is our first contribution to the private sector investment into this flagship project”.
Zambia to Malawi: A bridge to the south
The fibre link between Zambia and Malawi connects these two neighbouring countries with high-speed internet and opens up new opportunities for trade, commerce and innovation. It also provides a direct and reliable connection to content caches and data centres in South Africa, which hosts some of the most popular online platforms and services.
This link is part of Liquid’s intelligent fibre backbone, which covers over 100,000 km across 14 countries in Africa. It provides cost-effective, regional internet connectivity that enhances digital transformation. It also fosters richer economic and technological ties across countries and the continent, helping African companies and individuals realise their potential within the digital economy on a local and global scale.
Hardy Pemhiwa, President and Group CEO of Cassava Technologies, says: “All initiatives undertaken by businesses under Cassava Technologies work towards realising our vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind. The completion of these fibre links is yet another milestone achieved by Liquid as it continues to lay the foundations of economic growth through increased access to high-speed connectivity”.
A brighter future for Africa
Liquid Intelligent Technologies is a leading provider of digital solutions in Africa, offering services such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, digital media, data science and more. Through its extensive fibre network, Liquid aims to connect every African with affordable and reliable internet access, unlocking new possibilities for innovation, collaboration and development.
Liquid believes that Africa has the potential to become a global leader in the digital age, and it is committed to supporting its growth and transformation through its intelligent solutions. By launching new fibre routes that boost regional connectivity in Africa, Liquid is making a positive impact on the lives of millions of Africans who can now access better opportunities, services and information online.