Liquid Telecom expands in East, Central Africa

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Pan-African wholesale carrier Liquid Telecom’s expansion of its operations in Rwanda will allow more businesses and homes to access high-speed broadband services throughout East and Central Africa.

The company said the expansion of its operations in Rwanda recognizes the country’s regional role as an Internet services hub. Over the next two years, the company said Liquid Telecom Rwanda will invest $34 million toward laying thousands of kilometers of new optic fibre cable across the country up to the borders of Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The new fibre is expected to enable more businesses and homes to access Liquid Telecom’s broadband services.

Additionally, operators in neighboring countries will be able to interconnect with Liquid Telecom Rwanda for alternative routing through Tanzania.

Liquid Telecom’s plan to expand its operations in Rwanda comes just four months after the company said it had completed the East Africa fiber ring, which connects Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania in order to provide high speeds and continuous uptime across the region.

The company has also built Africa’s largest single fiber network, which runs from Uganda in East Africa to Cape Town in Southern Africa.

In Zambia alone, the company plans to spend more than $15 million on the deployment of fiber across railway lines. The network is expected to connect more than 7,000 households to fiber networks by June 2015 in order to improve communications in the Southern African country.

Liquid Telecom Rwanda chairman Sam Nkusi said, “we are an ambitious company that is investing heavily in fiber networks directly to people’s doors.”

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