Liquid Telecom partners with BongoHive for Zambian startups accleration

14 December 2017 | James Pearce


Liquid Telecom has partnered with innovation and technology hub BongoHive to accelerate the gaming and internet of things ecosystem in Zambia.

Subsidiary CEC Liquid Telecommunications will support start-ups at BongoHive through the provision of high-speed internet access and cloud-based services by leveraging Liquid’s pan-African fibre network.

Zambia has seen its start-up scene thrive, with new businesses developing solutions across sectors including media and entertainment, gaming, transport, eHealth, and logistics.

“We are pleased to partner with such an ambitious organisation, CEC Liquid, and we believe our common effort to support the Zambian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem will yield greater results and ensure that Zambian entrepreneurs excel locally and globally,” said, Lukonga Lindunda, Co-founder and Executive Director at BongoHive.

Liquid Telecom will also collaborate with Kwese TV, another subsidiary of Liquid Telecom’s parent company Econet Wireless, to explore developments in the gaming market. It will look at ways to support game developers aiming to promote content on Kwese’s gaming platform, Kwese Gamer.

In addition, Liquid Telecom will look at how the Internet of Things (IoT) can play a more prominent role in new solutions being developed by start-ups, which can utilise tools from the Microsoft Azure IoT suite.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of Zambia’s start-up scene, which is growing a big reputation for itself in the region as an innovation hotspot. Through this new partnership with BongoHive, we believe we can make a real difference to young entrepreneurs, who can benefit from both our experience and technology,” said, Andrew Kapula, managing director at CEC Liquid.