14 May 2018
| James Pearce
Liquid Telecom and China Telecom Global have agreed to a network collaboration that will see the two develop industry–leading solutions for Africa and Asia.
The agreement aims to give enterprise and wholesale
customers for both firms access to extended network coverage
across some of the fastest growing economies in the world.
CTG has already launched a point of presence (PoP) at Liquid
Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi, but
the new agreement will see it establish further
PoP’s at Liquid sites in Johannesburg and Cape
China has seen significant growth in internet users over the
last decade. Figures from Statista show there were just 210
million internet users in China in 2007, compared with 771
million at the end of 2017.
Changhai Liu, managing director of China Telecom (Africa and
Middle East), said: "With more than 50 countries in the region,
Africa is nonetheless the booming new market with the highest
development rate just after Asia, and a very important market
"This collaboration will enable both CTG and Liquid Telecom
better serve our customers and explore untapped business
potential for further development. Under this partnership, we
are well positioned to enhance the connectivity and network
infrastructure in both regions."
Sub-Saharan Africa had 420-million unique mobile subscribers
with an average penetration rate of 43% at the end of 2016. The
number of mobile broadband connections is expected to more than
double to about half-a-billion by 2020.
Smartphone connections have doubled over the past two years
to nearly 200-million and mobile data traffic is forecast to
grow 12-fold across Africa as a whole over the next five
The agreement will also see CTG and Liquid Telecom work
together to explore opportunities around joint services which
can be offered to their respective bases.
The agreement was signed during a signing ceremony held at
Liquid Telecom’s Johannesburg office, with
representatives from both companies present. These included
China Telecom Global EVP Donald Tan, Liu, Liquid
Telecom’s Group CEO Nic Rudnick, and Liquid
Telecom’s group chief business development officer
Marais said: ""This partnership with China Telecom Global
reflects the strong global demand for world-class network
services across Africa. Our combined service and network
capabilities will be of great value to multinationals operating
in some of the fastest growing economies across Africa and
China Telecom Global,