Liquid connects Zimbabwe to West Africa

Liquid connects Zimbabwe to West Africa
Published: 11 September 2013
ECONET WIRELESS-OWNED internet access provider and internet service provider Liquid Telecom recently announced that it has completed the country's first direct fibre connection to the West African Cable System.

Liquid has connected Zimbabwe to the high-capacity WACS, the submarine telecommunications pipe that extends from South Africa to London along Africa's west coast.

"The link has been commissioned to the WACS landing station near Cape Town providing Zimbabwe with an alternative route for international traffic," Liquid said in a statement.

Liquid managing director Mr Wellington Makamure added: "In Zimbabwe no other IAP has managed to achieve what Liquid Telecom has achieved in such a short space of time. Most operators have opted to wait for us to construct the network and then use it for their back-haul purposes. Liquid Telecom now has a blueprint to deploy urban fibre in other countries.

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

Liquid Telecom is already providing connectivity onto the other three main subsea fibre systems of Africa such as the EASSy, SEACOM and SAT3.

The WACS submarine cable is an ultra high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system which links Southern Africa and Europe, spanning west coast of Africa and termination in United Kingdom.

"This four fibre pair system with total length of approximately 16 000km is well complemented with 15 terminal stations forming a consortium of  11 leading international telecom carriers," said  WACS.

Liquid has built the largest fibre network in Zimbabwe providing broadband voice and data in all the major cities and towns which provides services for residential, SMEs, large enterprise customers as well as other providers in Zimbabwe.

This ISP has also assisted Econet Wireless, the country's largest cellular provider, in alleviating congestion on the backhaul network and enabling high speed 3G data.

Fibre network is providing unlimited broadband capacity and reducing prices in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa.

The company has built the largest fibre network in Southern Africa providing back-haul between most urban areas and last mile connectivity in the main cities of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa.

Liquid's network is the first to cross country borders and covers some of the most challenging parts of the world where no fixed network has existed before. It operates as a wholesale carrier in all five countries as well as an operator in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- herald
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