Africa: Liquid Connects Zimbabwe to WACS cable

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Liquid Telecom recently announced that it has completed the country's first direct fibre connection to the West African Cable System.Liquid has connected Zimbabwe to the high-capacity WACS, the submarine telecommunications pipe that extends from South Africa to London along Africa's west coast.

"The link has been commissioned to the WACS landing station near Cape Town providing Zimbabwe with an alternative route for international traffic," Liquid said in a statement.

Liquid Managing Director Wellington Makamure added: "In Zimbabwe no other IAP has managed to achieve what Liquid Telecom has achieved in such a short space of time. Most operators have opted to wait for us to construct the network and then use it for their back-haul purposes. Liquid Telecom now has a blueprint to deploy urban fibre in other countries.

"Liquid Telecom will be investing heavily in expanding into new countries to ensure that for the first time all countries and operators in Central and Southern Africa are directly connected."

Liquid Telecom is already providing connectivity onto the other three main subsea fibre systems of Africa such as the EASSy, SEACOM and SAT3.

The WACS submarine cable is an ultra high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system which links Southern Africa and Europe, spanning west coast of Africa and termination in United Kingdom.

"This four fibre pair system with total length of approximately 16 000km is well complemented with 15 terminal stations forming a consortium of 11 leading international telecom carriers," said WACS.

Liquid has built the largest fibre network in Zimbabwe providing broadband voice and data in all the major cities and towns which provides services for residential, SMEs, large enterprise customers as well as other providers in Zimbabwe.