Liquid Telecom to construct subsea route between Africa and Middle East
14 December 2015 |
Liquid Telecom subsidiary Liquid Sea has embarked on a project to build a subsea cable linking Africa to the Middle East, with onward connectivity to Europe.
The Liquid Sea cable will run 10,000km from South Africa to the Middle East, connecting to Liquid Telecom’s pan-African terrestrial network. It will be designed to provide reliable and affordable internet connectivity to landlocked and coastal countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.
Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom CEO, confirmed that the request for tender has been issued to international subsea cable construction cable companies.
“The Liquid Sea project reaffirms our commitment to building Africa’s digital future and removing any bottlenecks in providing the fastest and most reliable access to the internet to every single African on the continent,” he said.
The cable project – which is already fully funded – is expected to deliver speeds of 20-30Tbps and is due to complete in two years’ time.
“This project will provide a step-change in the way internet connectivity is regarded in Africa. We will be able to leverage the new submarine cable and our terrestrial network to improve our offerings to carriers, enterprise customers and households throughout the continent,” said David Eurin, group chief strategy officer at Liquid Telecom.
“It is of utmost importance to us to create equal opportunities to people living both in coastal and landlocked countries, the latter being too often forgotten in large international projects of this kind.”
Liquid Telecom is expected to launch an IPO in Europe next year, having turned down a number of offers in the last few months.
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