Liquid Intelligent Technologies launches Miami PoP
Liquid Intelligent Technologies confirms the launch of a point of presence (PoP) in Miami, connecting to the Liquid network via a South Atlantic subsea cable.
The new PoP is connected Liquid's 100,000km of fibre in 11 countries across Africa as well as a further 14 countries via the Operators Alliance Programme and Liquid Satellite Services, all of which forms part of Liquid’s East-West route between the US and Asia via Africa.
Through this new connectivity, African businesses and consumers benefit from a direct connection to the US, giving them access to Cloud services, OTT resources, Internet content and high-quality voice and video calls.
“The new PoP in Miami will enable US-based operators, businesses, OTT, Cloud service providers and CDN operators to access 40 data centres across Africa, including nine data centres operated by Africa Data Centres and six operated by Teraco," said David Eurin, chief executive officer of Liquid Sea.
"We will be able to interconnect with all our partners in the USA and provide a direct connection to US Internet resources to our Africa customers.”
Specifically, Liquid will connect to Miami via Fortaleza in Brazil and Luanda in Angola using the South Atlantic SACS and MONET subsea cables. While the PoP will be hosted at the Equinix data centre in Miami.
In support of this, Liquid will peer at Equinix Miami Internet Exchange (MI3 in Boca Raton) with access to 116 potential peers, all of which will enable it to guarantee the best levels of service. Currently Liquid provides access to all data centres and millions of destinations in North America through its partnership with Zayo.
In addition, the Miami PoP and new direct link across the South Atlantic, means that latency is expected to fall by 100ms to 163ms. At present, Cape Town to Miami achieves 263ms via Europe.
The news follows a $300 million loan by USA-based DFC and a new equity investment of approximately $90 million by the IFC into Liquid’s data centre capacity expansion in Africa through Africa Data Centres.
Liquid has also inked a partnership with Facebook to build a fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is expected to improve internet access for more than 30 million people and help meet the growing demand for regional connectivity across Central Africa.