Liquid Telecom, the Pan-African telecoms concern which is part of the Econet Wireless Group, has started a project to build an undersea cable that will link Africa to the Middle East and Europe.
This was shared in a statement from Liquid Telecom, which quoted Nic Rudnick, the Group CEO of Liquid who confirmed the issue of Request for Tenders to international companies involved in undersea cabling.
The project is being run by Liquid Sea, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liquid Telecom and it will involve the building of 10,000km of submarine cable from South Africa to the Middle East. This line will be connected to Liquid Telecom’s existing terrestrial fibre network which extends to over 18,000km across the continent.
Liquid Telecom wants to ensure a better international connectivity to its terrestrial clients in East, Central and Southern Africa and it has claimed that Liquid Sea will offer speeds of 20-30Tbps. This is up to 10 times the capacity of existing submarine cables in the region.
Other service providers in the undersea cable domain that Liquid Telcom will be joining include TEAMS, SAT 3, SEACOM, WACS and EASSy. Liquid Telecom has been acquiring services from these operators to provide primary support to its own terrestrial fibre network.
The move into undersea cabling not only morphs the African telecoms carrier into a triple threat when it comes to infrastructure and capacity, but also fortifies its delivery of service quality. Liquid Telecom has been gradually expanding its product suite by offering services atop of its fibre and satellite infrastructure.
The provision of enterprise services in partnership with MTN or data backup alternatives such as Crashplan Africa will benefit from faster and more reliable connections, even more so for Liquid’s extensive client list of landlocked countries.