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05 September 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Pan-African carrier Liquid Telecom has completed its 100G upgrade of key routes on its east African fibre ring.
The project included wavelength upgrades using the latest
dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology from
Ekinops, a provider of optical transport solutions, enabling
Liquid Telecom to offer the biggest lit backhaul capacity in
Africa, the company said.
In addition, with speeds 10 times faster than the previously
used 10G service, Liquid is also able to offer increased speeds
to its wholesale and enterprise customers.
With upgrades starting in the cities of Kigali in Rwanda,
Kampala and Tororo in Uganda and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya,
Liquid Telecom will be able to offer 100G to these areas for
the first time, with further upgrades planned for the rest of
the East African ring in the near future.
The East African ring, which was completed in 2014, forms
part of Liquid Telecom’s pan-African fibre
network. Stretching over 50,000km, it connects together Kenya,
Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, with Liquid Telecom’s
fibre networks in Burundi and the eastern part of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as providing direct
access to international subsea cables.
Nic Rudnick, group CEO of Liquid
Telecom, said: "By upgrading to 100G, Liquid Telecom is
ensuring that its fibre backbone can meet the rising demand for
high-bandwidth, video and internet services from businesses and
consumers across the region. Through continuous investment, the
East Africa Fibre Ring is setting new network standards for the
In February of this year, the company completed its acquisition of the Tanzanian internet service
provider Raha, which further enhanced the
company’s fibre ring. Liquid says it plans to
invest further in the rollout of fibre across Tanzania,
enabling greater access to high-speed, reliable broadband for