Liquid Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for fibre expansion

South Africa’s Liquid Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s DWDM and GPON solutions to expand its networks in Kenya and Uganda.

The French vendor will upgrade previously deployed dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) technologies, in a bid to help Liquid Telecom meet increasing demand for broadband services.

“As a company, Liquid Telecom is focussed on building Africa’s digital future and so we’re always looking to upgrade and expand our networks to best serve the needs of current and future customers,” said Ben Roberts, group CTO of Liquid Telecom.

“We chose Alcatel-Lucent for this project not only because it is the incumbent supplier, but also for its design expertise in DWDM, excellent GPON market reputation, and for the value and scalability of the solutions.”

The upgrade will provide residential and small-office markets with high-speed internet services, and is also designed to help the operator address new markets and business opportunities.

“Alcatel-Lucent has a wide range of DWDM and GPON solutions and broad-reaching expertise in these technologies, enabling Liquid Telecom to offer ultra-broadband throughout its territory in Africa,” said Daniel Jaeger, VP of Alcatel-Lucent Africa. “We look forward to building upon our relationship with Liquid Telecom in eastern Africa and other locations throughout the continent.”

In October, Liquid Telecom announced plans to invest UGX 2 billion ($730,000) in its Ugandan subsidiary, Infocom.