Liquid Telecom provides first fibre connectivity into Somalia

13 November 2013 | Kavit Majithia


Liquid Telecom claims it has built the first fibre-optic link into Somalia, connecting the country to neighbouring African nations and the rest of the world by fibre for the first time.

The new link connects across the Kenya-Somalia border and then directly into the fibre network of Hormuud Telecom Somalia (HORTEL) for local termination.

HORTEL’s fibre network will provide Liquid Telecom customers – including fixed and mobile operators, in addition to wholesale carriers and enterprises – with connectivity in southern and central Somalia.

HORTEL customers will now also have access to Liquid’s fibre network, which spans 17,000km across Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and provides onward connectivity to five subsea cable landings in Africa.

“We will be providing the people of Somalia with access to the global internet at higher speeds and with more capacity available than ever before,” said Nic Rudnick, CEO at Liquid Telecom. “Our goal is to connect every person and business in Africa to the internet and to each other. We are an agile and entrepreneurial company which is investing heavily in building our pan-African fibre network.”

Liquid Telecom also claims to the be the first wholesale carrier to connect to all east African capitals; including Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Kigali on a single fibre network.