Meeting the Growing Demand for High-speed Connectivity for Coastal and Landlocked States in Africa
Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a Zimbabwean firm specializing in fibre connectivity, announced, on Tuesday, the acquisition of a fibre pair on Google’s Equiano submarine cable. This will enable the Econet Group’s subsidiary to improve international connectivity in West and Southern Africa, with the capacity to transport up to 12 Terabits of traffic. With its over 100,000 km of African fiber-optic network, backed by satellite services, Liquid Intelligent Technologies will provide high-speed connectivity to the continent’s major data centres. It plans to interconnect Equiano’s landing stations to its east-west network across Africa, creating a new global IP route between Asia, Africa, and the United States. The announcement comes days after the long-awaited cable landed in Togo, its first African destination. The investment is part of the group’s ambition to become the leading provider of connectivity solutions in Africa. Once operational, the Equiano cable is expected to allow Liquid to complement and strengthen its domestic and metropolitan fiber networks because older submarine cables are almost at the end of their lifespan.