The latest news coming from continental telecoms carrier, Liquid Telecom, is that it has entered into an agreement with multi-national telecoms operator Bharti Airtel.
Under this agreement, Airtel gets to use Liquid Telecom’s terrestrial fibre network to connect its mobile base stations and enterprises. Bharti Airtel is eyeing faster Internet access speeds on its 3G and 4G networks through this arrangement, something that is set to be achieved by tapping into Liquid Telecom’s extensive fibre network.
In terms of network support, the arrangement is similar to what Liquid Telecom has extended to operators like Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and so far it has facilitated services like the Econet WiFi Zones which relieve congestion on the telecoms operator’s main network.
The Liquid Telecom/Airtel arrangement has however, been pinned on 3G and 4G network support, something that dovetails with Airtel’s investment in 4G services for different markets like Kenya and Zambia.
This agreement effectively allows Airtel operations to lean on Liquid Telecom’s fibre network across East, Central and Southern Africa, which extends to purpose-built fibre infrastructure and connects Airtel’s mobile base stations and enterprise customers with fibre.
For Liquid Telecom, this marks yet another relationship with a major telecoms operator following a partnership with MTN Business for enterprises services provision.
Liquid Telecom has over 20,000 km of fibre infrastructure in 9 African countries and 6 of these territories, DRC, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia are part of Bharti Airtel’s 17 country footprint in Africa.