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Liquid confirms fibre rollout in DRC

By , ITWeb
Congo (DRC) , 19 Mar 2021

Liquid Intelligent Technologies has deployed its fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to the company, this expansion “connects millions of DRC citizens and thousands of businesses to the ‘One Africa’ broadband network” totalling more than 73,000kms across the continent.

The company adds that most major cities in the DRC, including Kinshasa, are now connected directly to economic hubs like London, San Francisco, and Singapore.

“Our terrestrial fibre network connects Muanda, a town lying on the west Atlantic coast of the country, to cities as far as Cape Town in South Africa, Dar es Salam in Tanzania and Lubumbashi. This is a first for the country, as no operator currently offers such a seamless link across the continent. The DRC route is part of the first-ever complete East to West network on the African continent, offering low latency, high bandwidth fibre connectivity and high availability,” reads part of a statement released by Liquid.

Liquid said the implementation of a new 2500km long-haul fibre network in the DRC cements its leadership position within the East West corridors.

Michel Hebert, CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, DRC, said: “The completion of this project is part of the strategic vision to connect the African continent to the rest of the world. This fibre deployment not only has the potential to transform the economy of the country, but we are also bringing access to scalable state-of-the-art digital and cloud services that will enable them to connect to the global digital economy.”

Liquid Telecoms adds that high-speed internet access across the DRC has been almost non-existent for the past decade, ranking 145th globally for internet access.

“For the first time, customers have more choices and greater redundancy available to them due to the creation of these terrestrial routes, which also cut latency across Africa from 250s to approximately 50ms. Part of a more extensive fibre network connecting East to West, the combination of the North Route, middle Route and the South Route, together with access to all submarine cables landing on the African shores, has allowed Liquid to create an unparalleled network for customers.”

Beston Tshinsele,Executive Chairman DRC, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, “At Liquid, we pride ourselves in ensuring all our customers are catered to, irrespective of the size of the business or household. For the first time, people living in the DRC will no longer only rely on expensive mobile broadband. In addition to Cloud services, through our strategic partnerships, we will also provide our customers with a suite of cybersecurity tools and platforms to safeguard personal data, corporate information and businesses themselves.”

Liquid adds that it will connect the DRC with a high-quality Optical Ground Wireline (OPGW), with capacities from 1G up to multiple 100Gs. 

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