Liquid Telecom to expand Ugandan subsidiary

Africa’s Liquid Telecom is to invest UGX 2 billion ($730,000) in its Ugandan subsidiary Infocom, according to local reports.

The company will reportedly use the investment to expand its fibre-optic backbone across the country into towns such as Mukono, Jinja, Masaka and Mbarara, as well as boost its metro network in the capital Kampala’s central business district (CBD).

“The demand for data services is growing in Uganda and the continued expansion of internet infrastructure in Uganda will impact positively on the country’s economic situation,” Liquid Telecom said in a statement.

The company is reportedly looking to improve the speed, reliability and affordability of internet services for business users in towns across Uganda, to bring them in line with those being offered in Kampala.

“Utilising Africa’s largest cable network to reach rural towns in Uganda, and to offer a world-class service within Kampala’s CBD is in line with our vision of fuelling the country’s accelerated economic growth,” said Hans Haerdtle, Liquid Telecom’s CTO for East Africa and CEO of Infocom.

The company has 30 PoPs in Uganda and is thought to be the only ISP to have built a regional fibre ring – the east Africa fibre ring, which connects Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi.

New infrastructure in Uganda will connect to this fibre ring in East Africa, as well as Liquid Telecom’s 18,000km fibre system, which spans east, central and southern Africa.

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