Liquid Telecom in Africa Proposes Fiber Optic System To Connect East And West Africa
African telecommunications operator Liquid Telecom has announced the establishment of a direct-connected fiber-optic system connecting East and West Africa after the completion of the 2,600-km terrestrial fiber network in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
It is reported that the new fiber optic system will connect Muanda to Lubumbashi through Kinshasa, Kikwit, Kananga and Kolwezi, It will also connect the Democratic Republic of the Congo to neighbouring Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and Zambia, and continue to connect with Liquid Telecom's "One Africa" broadband network, which is 70,000 kilometers long.
At present, there is no direct terrestrial fiber network between East Africa and West Africa. For example, the network between Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is connected via London.
Liquid Telecom's east-west fiber links are expected to significantly reduce latency between African continents. It also meets the growing demand for fast, reliable, large-capacity, and cost-effective communications from global enterprises in the southern hemisphere.
Liquid Telecom Group CEO Nic Rudnick said, "By connecting DRC with Liquid Telecom's rapidly expanding pan-African fiber optic network and the rest of the world, this transformative infrastructure sets the stage for digital growth. Fast, reliable broadband Connectivity will promote social development, drive innovation and help drive pan-African trade. "
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