Internet speeds across Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya are set to increase following Liquid Telecom’s 100G upgrade to key routes on the East Africa Fibre Ring.
The upgrade which takes advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Ekinops allows Liquid to offer the largest lit backhaul capacity in the continent.
Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom noted that by upgrading to 100G, the company is ensuring that its fibre backbone can meet the rising demand for high-bandwidth, video and internet services from businesses and consumers across the region.
The 100G links to Kigali, Kampala and Nairobi offer up to 10 times the speed of previously used 10G waves, adding capacity and increasing speeds for Liquid’s enterprise and wholesale customers.
Completed in 2014, the East Africa Fibre Ring links together Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, with onwards connectivity to Liquid Telecom’s fibre networks in Burundi and eastern DRC and also offers direct access to international subsea cables.
It remains the first fully redundant regional fibre ring with multiple routing options ensuring that customers are not affected by fibre cuts and network outages.
In the event of an incident, internet traffic is automatically and instantly re-routed around the ring, giving consistently high speeds and continuous uptime for Liquid Telecom customers, the company says.