Liquid Telecom has launched Africa Wi-Fi Hub, a roaming hub that enables operators and internet service providers (ISPs) to access its network of public Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa.
This comes barely a month after the pan-African telecommunications group announced the introduction of the next-generation satellite that delivers improves performance, better economics and simplified access, Intelsat EpicNG into its network.
The roaming hub will allow its wholesale customers to enable their subscribers to connect to hundreds of locations across Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, leveraging the largest independent pan-African fibre network.
Ben Roberts, Group CTIO, Liquid Telecom said, “Africa Wi-Fi Hub is an important step in bringing together the region’s Wi-Fi networks, reducing cost and complexity for operators and extending coverage for their subscribers”.
Liquid Telecom will be able to support more subscribers with access to high-quality, reliable connectivity across Africa through new roaming partnerships. It currently partners with major Tier 1 carriers, such as BT, and leading global Wi-Fi network providers, such as iPass.
By joining Africa Wi-Fi Hub, operators can make their public Wi-Fi hotspots available to some of Liquid Telecom’s Wi-Fi roaming partners, joining a global network of public Wi-Fi hotspots without negotiating their own roaming agreements, the company says.
The hub will accelerate Wi-Fi roaming across the region, enable easy and secure access as well as reduce roaming charges.
Connection to Africa Wi-Fi Hub is through peering points in Eastern Africa and Southern Africa with the option to connect to hundreds of locations in one country or join a global network of public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Africa Wi-Fi Hub is also available as a white label service to Liquid Telecom partners and customers, providing them with brand visibility across all or part of Liquid Telecom’s network.
It will be rolled out in additional markets soon.