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Liquid Telecom is now Liquid Intelligent Technologies

New services, new name

Liquid Telecom completes East to West Africa fibre link

Adding on to it’s 70 000kms of fibre across the continent.

Liquid Telecom seeks US$600 million to refinance debt

Liquid Telecom yesterday launched a US$600 million bond to help with debt refinancing and for the further expansion of its operations.

Liquid’s Africa Data Centres to get US$300 million from US Development Corp

Liquid’s Africa Data Centres is getting a US$300 million investment from the United States International Development Finance Corporation to expand the business.

Liquid Telecom is activating an 82km fibre link in Botswana

Liquid Telecom has activated an 82km cross border fibre link in Botswana that links the Lobatse Border with the capital city Gaborone

Liquid Telecom to take full control of Botswana subsidiary

Liquid Telecom has reportedly been given the green light to acquire the stake Botswana Power Corporation holds in Liquid Telecom Botswana.

Liquid Telecom partners with US firm Zayo to expand global network coverage

Liquid Telecom has announced a partnership with US communications infrastructure firm ZAYO which will see both companies leverage the others network capabilities

Econet Group partners with Alphabet Inc subsidiary to expand internet services across Sub Saharan Africa

Econet Group has partnered with X, an Alphabet Inc subsidiary, to bring Project Taara’s wireless light-beam broadband technology to Sub Saharan Africa.

Liquid Telecom raises US$307 million to expand data centre business

Liquid Telecom has raised US$307 million from its shareholders to expand upon its data centre operations. The figure rose to the final sum after a commitment of US$40 million by CDC Group, a development financial institution owned by the UK govt. This latest investment is an addition to the US$180 million equity investment made by […]

Liquid Telecom’s ADC to build one of the largest data centres on the continent in Nigeria

[Image Source: Africa Data Centres] Strive Masiyiwa recently announced that Africa Data Centres is working on building the largest data centre on the continent outside of South Africa. The data centre will be located in Lagos, Nigeria on a 5-acre piece of land. If you’re like me and you generally have no idea what 5-acres […]

Liquid appoints Deon Geyser new CEO for SA operation

Yesterday, Liquid Telecom SA announced that Deon Geyser has been appointed as its new CEO, effective from January 1st 2021. Geyser will be responsible for overseeing the strategic repositioning of the company as Liquid Intelligent Technologies and the execution of the new strategic direction of providing an integrated technology capability that enables customers to transform their […]

Video: Interview with David Behr, Chief Digital Officer – Liquid Telecom

Techzim sits down with David Behr to discuss his illustrious rise through the telecom industry and how life has changed over the last year. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because […]

Liquid Telecom’s recent appointment reaffirms their strategic shift to become services company

Liquid Telecom is shifting its strategy – that much is clear. Their interim CEO Craig van Rooyen put it plainly last month; We have to do things a lot differently, and move away from our reliance on the telco business (which is heavy on infrastructure spending)… Through cloud and software-defined services and systems, you can […]

Liquid Telecom now offering Cybersecurity services to businesses

In their ongoing push to diversify their business model, Liquid Telecom has announced that they will now be selling cyber security services. Liquid Telecom’s Cyber Security unit will offer end-to-end managed services for digital security solutions. Liquid Telecom decision to fill this particular gap was reinforced after conducting a survey last month; IT decision makers […]

ZOL customer support agents stage go-slow protest in response to low wages

A week ago, we got an anonymous tip regarding developments at Liquid Telecom. The tip claimed that ZOL support staffers were staging a go-slow protest to voice their disillusionment with low wages and other work-related issues. The anonymous tip read; I have a credible source from zol support staff that the department is being underpaid […]

Masiyiwa to sell 30% of his shares in Liquid Telecom to pay off Kwese debts

Strive Masiyiwa is reportedly having trouble selling off 20-34% of his stake in Liquid Telecom because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The stake he is looking to sell is valued at around US$600 million. Part of the proceeds from the sale of shares will be used to pay Kwese TV’s US$375 million administration bill. Masiyiwa was […]

[Update] POTRAZ Grants Internet Access Provider DFA Licence To Operate Locally

In March 2019, Dark Fibre Africa announced they were setting up offices locally as part of its expansion into markets outside of South Africa. This was followed up by the Internet Access Provider laying down infrastructure in parts of the CBD. Now the company has announced that they have been granted a Class B licence […]

Liquid Telecom Hosting Live Demo Of Microsoft’s eLearning Platform

With COVID-19 completely disrupting our schedules – even school goers have been negatively impacted and it’s not clear when they will be able to get back into class. The government has been urging education institutions to adopt eLearning platforms so that kids continue learning online but that poses problems of its own. Some schools are […]

Econet Group Instructs Staff To Work From Home Amid Corona Virus Fears

It’s come to our knowledge that the Econet has started introducing remote work for certain staffers – with around 50% of their staff now instructed to work from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst Zimbabwe hasn’t had an officially confirmed case, the telecommunications has reacted proactively and minimized the risk that staff and by […]

ZOL Service Maintenance Still On-Going, Wibroniks Customers Facing Disruptions

Yesterday at the launch of Liquid Telecom’s promotion targeting enterprise customers, one of the issues we brought to the attention of Liquid Telecom Regional CEO Mr Wellington Makamure was the fact that soe Wibroniks customers have been complaining about the quality of service over the past fortnight. The CEO explained that the reason why this […]

Strive Gives Update On Liquid Telecom South Sudan Roll Out

Last July, Liquid Telecom announced that they would be rolling out South Sudan’s first fibre network. Strive Masiyiwa took to his Facebook to give an update announcing that the South Sudan fibre link started working yesterday morning. Liquid began service to Juba South Sudan this morning at 8am! South Sudan was one of only two […]

[Interview] Liquid Telecom CEO Nic Rudnick: “Bulk Of Cloud Services Are Being Consumed By Startups”

We are at AfricaCom 2019 and we had an opportunity to catch up with Nic Rudnik the CEO of Liquid Telecom for a short interview. We chatted about the new fibre link connecting East Africa to West Africa via DRC and the impact it will have on DRC which up until now was still reliant […]

[Press Release] Liquid Telecom Launches Direct Land-based Fibre Link Connecting East To West Africa via DRC

Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has launched the fastest direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa. This breakthrough coast-to-coast digital corridor follows the completion of Liquid Telecom’s new high-capacity fibre link running 2,600-kilometre (km) across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This expansion connects millions of DRC citizens and thousands of businesses […]

Liquid Telecom “Moving Your Business into the Cloud” Webinar Goes Live Today

[Image source: PC Mag] Over the past few months, Liquid Telecom has been hosting a number of Azure educational webinars to interested parties. For September the Webinar will focus on Moving Your Business Into The Cloud and will be hosted online later today – from 2:30 PM to be exact. What will you learn in […]

Liquid Telecom To Host Microsoft Azure Mobile, Web and API Services Webinar

Liquid Telecom’s series of free educational webinars regarding Microsoft Azure continues and this time the webinar covers Mobile, Web and API services. Quickly build, deploy and scale web apps created with popular frameworks like .NET, .NET Core, Node.js, Java, PHP, Ruby or Python, in containers or running on Windows and Linux operating platforms. In this […]

Liquid Telecom’s Next Webinar Will Show You How to Easily Create Business Apps with Microsoft Power Apps Platform

Liquid Telecom has been hosting a number of webinars to familiarise would be users and buyers of Microsoft Azure how to take advantage of the cloud computing platform. They’ve already covered backups, email security and cloud security. The next version of the webinars focuses on How to Easily Create Real Life Business Apps with Microsoft […]

ZOL Announces New Top-Up Packages For Wibroniks And A New Fibroniks Package

ZOL has announced a host of new Wibroniks Top-Up packages and one new Fibroniks package. The new Fibroniks Come Alive package will cost you US$99/RTGS$455.40 and subscribers get 150GB of data. ZOL has been constantly readjusting their pricing since the back end of 2018 in order to keep up with an economy that has been […]

Liquid Telecom To Host Email Security Azure Webinar

Liquid Telecom continues to host their series of webinars for consumers coming to grips with Microsoft’s Azure platform. The fourth part of this series will be held on Thursday 30 May (tomorrow) from 1430-1500hrs. The latest Webinar in the series will be centred around email security and Liquid Telecom describes the webinar as follows: This […]

Liquid Telecom Giving Out US$1000 Microsoft Azure Cloud Credits To Startups

Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe’s partnership with Microsoft will bear a lasting impact for interested startups under the Liquid GoCloud initiative. The program is open to local startups looking to adopt Microsoft’s Azure platform. The startups selected will be joining Liquid’s “marketplace of opportunity” and receive 1,000USD in cloud credit along with exclusive access to Microsoft developers […]

Liquid Telecom To Partner MIT In Inclusive Innovation Challenge To Solve Digital Economy Disparities Across Africa

Liquid Telecom has announced that they are partnering the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) official partner for the 2019 Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) in Africa. Since 2016, MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) has challenged entrepreneurs around the world to re-invent the way technology innovation is harnessed. This year the challenge will take place on five […]