Liquid Telecom unveils 100mbps FTTH progress and plans at Africacom
Liquid Telecom has unveiled its progress in laying Fibre To The Home over which it is providing homes and small businesses with unlimited data packages and 100Mbps, the fastest broadband ever available in Africa.
The service has already gone live in Zambia through various retail outlets; and in Zimbabwe via retail ISP ZOL Zimbabwe, part of the Liquid Telecom Group.
Plans are now underway to launch FTTH on a wholesale and retail basis in Kenya, Rwanda and two further countries early next year.
At a press conference held today, Liquid Telecom’s CEO Nic Rudnick revealed that the company is laying more than 100km of new fibre every week. He said that Liquid Telecom’s goal is to deliver The Real Internet into Africa by setting the highest possible standards for internet access with the fastest available broadband speeds and widest penetration across the continent.
Rudnick, who was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in the global telecoms industry, outlined the four requirements needed for FTTH to work in Africa:
· International connectivity at a reasonable price – provided by subsea cables.
· Terrestrial backbone networks bringing capacity inland – Liquid Telecom has spent more than five years building what is now Africa’s largest fibre network spanning more than 18,000km across borders and connecting to all the subsea cables.
· Fibre rings around towns – Liquid Telecom’s fibre network includes fibre rings around the major towns and cities in DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as a regional fibre ring around the whole of East Africa. The rings enable Liquid Telecom to guarantee uptime as traffic can be rerouted in the event of a fibre cut so that service is not interrupted. Liquid Telecom builds its own fibre branches both within and outside the rings to provide FTTH.
· GPON FTTH technology – Liquid Telecom has proved that GPON technology is the most suitable FTTH technology for the African market.
Liquid’s FTTH service enables super-fast links to the Internet, giving smaller businesses the same speeds as large corporations, and enabling the use of cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365, Dropbox and online backups - as well as video conferencing based on OTT services, like Skype.
For home users, Liquid’s FTTH service now enables the whole family to be online at once using multiple devices. The packages are available without a data cap, so the usage is unlimited at all times.
Nic Rudnick said: “Our FTTH service has made accessing streamed, high-definition media via the Internet a reality for homes and small businesses in some of the remotest parts of Africa. As a household or business in Africa, you cannot really benefit from global Internet services unless you have a high-speed fibre connection in addition to a mobile device.”
He continued: “We are an ambitious and innovative organisation determined to continue investing and improving telecoms in Africa because we believe that every individual has the right to be connected.”
Source: Company Press Release