Liquid and Nokia delivering African fibre superhighway

Liquid and Nokia delivering African fibre superhighway

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is deploying Nokia’s transport network technology in a new terrestrial fibre route connecting Mombasa, Kenya to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The technology used has allowed Liquid to build its first terrestrial route that will provide 12 terabits of capacity for carriers and service providers in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the DRC. The terrestrial data superhighway measures 16,576 km and aims to meet the demand for more capacity from Liquid’s hyperscale customers from Kenya to South Africa.

Hardy Pemhiwa, Group President and CEO of Cassava Technologies, said: “As a business of Cassava Technologies, Liquid is committed to enabling a digitally connected future for every business and individual in Africa…This investment further demonstrates our commitment towards Africa’s inclusive digital transformation”.

In addition, the route will provide thousands of businesses and millions of households in many of Africa’s landlocked cities, towns and villages with more resilient connectivity and access to numerous data centres and cloud resources. The route will ensure sustained connectivity in the event of a subsea cable outage between the two countries.

Shahzad Manzoor Khan, Group Chief Technology Officer, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, said: “Internet giants, established cloud service providers and other mega-organisations are demanding hyperscale data centres that can support high levels of performance, spikes in demand, and redundancy while enabling massive availability. Our new terrestrial fibre corridor is the first of its kind in Africa in terms of distance and capacity”.


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