Liquid Telecom to offer ‘multibillion rand’ 4G network to South African operators in 2019

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Liquid Telecom, an independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa, said it is working on completing a 4G network which it will offer to South African mobile operators and internet service providers from early 2019.

The telecoms firm, which acquired Neotel from Tata Communications in February 2017, recently completed its “Cape to Cairo” project, creating the first direct land-based terrestrial fibre link from Cape Town to Cairo.

The company claims to own Africa’s largest independent fibre network, which is almost 70,000km long and is linked to more than 600 towns and cities in 13 countries.

CEO of Liquid Telecom’s South African operations, Reshaad Sha said the 4G network was “a multi-billion rand” project. He revealed that “this is an exciting development that will enable us to provide mobile network operators and internet service providers with open access to our mobile 4G network”.

Sha added that “using our 1800MHz spectrum, the network will handle 4G mobile data traffic to meet the needs of the most demanding users across the country”.

Liquid Telecom recently received funding worth $180 million from the CDC Group, the UK government’s development finance institution.

A statement released by Liquid Telecom on 11 December 2018 said “this investment will enable Liquid Telecom to expand its high-speed broadband connectivity to some of the most underserved communities across the African continent, including supporting Africa’s thriving tech start-up ecosystem with high-speed internet and cloud-based services”.

The company noted that its “Cape to Cairo” network took 10 years to complete and serves some of the most remote locations with the fastest network speeds in Africa.

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