Liquid Telecom and MTN partner to extend African footprint

African operators MTN Group and Liquid Telecom have teamed up to jointly offer customers what they claim will be the largest fixed and mobile footprint on the continent.

The partnership covers wholesale, carrier-to-carrier, high-speed broadband, enterprise and fixed data services, and will see each operator able to access the fixed and mobile African networks of the other.

Elia Tsouros, MTN’s enterprise business unit head of global sales, expects the partnership to provide huge benefits for its customers.

“We will be able to leverage each other’s products and services to improve our offerings to carrier and enterprise customers in Africa, the Middle East and Europe,” Tsouros said.

“We have the opportunity to offer our customers services beyond our footprint, thanks to the combined footprints of both companies, as well as those of our partners. Furthermore, this partnership reinforces our extensive service offerings in country and internationally.”

The deal will provide MTN with the ability serve its multinational enterprise customers in Burundi, DRC, Tanzania and Zimbabwe via Liquid’s network, as well as provide coverage outside Africa.

For Liquid, the partnership will particularly enable the company to extend further into West Africa where MTN has a strong presence.

“We have a well-deserved reputation in East, Central and Southern Africa, for providing quality broadband to businesses,” said Nic Rudnick, CEO and Liquid Telecom Group.

“We are laying 100km of new fibre every week but have decided to partner for the time being in West Africa so that we can immediately meet demand from businesses there.”

The collaboration will enable both operators to provision networks with complex requirements much faster, as well as provide more competitive choice to business across the region.


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