By Samuel Ouma
Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a digital solution provider, has achieved 100,000 km of fibre, increasing from 89,989 km at the beginning of 2021, announced the Pan-African technology group.
During a virtual press conference held on Wednesday, June 2, the organization disclosed that the new network milestone has now positioned it as the largest independent fibre network provider in emerging markets globally.
Now more than 100 million people across 643 towns and cities in Africa can now access the internet, enabling them to explore opportunities in Africa and across the US, Asian and European markets.
The organization said it recently expanded its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ringing its world-class fibre network and digital services to a country that previously relied only on expensive mobile broadband.
As a result, now 2.7 million people of Mbuji-Mayi in the DRC will have access to fibre connectivity, and it is believed, creating an environment for economic growth.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies CEO Nic Rudnick attributed the progress to extensive effort and drive that followed their initial vision and growth plan.
“Over the years we have been successfully connecting countries through our high-speed connectivity and digital services. Our successful partnerships with customers ensured that today we are recognized as a technology company that has brought local businesses access to Cloud capabilities, world-class Cyber Security solutions in addition to our existing telecoms and connectivity capability,” said CEO Rudnick.
The extensive network will enhance Africa’s economic growth and enable small businesses, enterprises, and government entities to increase their competitiveness through the many digital solutions catering to their individual needs.
“The internet offers unprecedented opportunities for economic growth in developing countries. By providing access to information, connecting people to businesses everywhere, and opening up new markets, the internet can act as an enabler of economic activity and an engine for information sharing. Economic development is not about choosing between access to the internet and basic necessities, they need to work together to allow societies to flourish,” he added.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies was established in 2005, and with its fibre network, it is connecting 14 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Under its new brand identity, Liquid Intelligent Technologies has eight business units, namely: Liquid Networks, Liquid Business, Liquid Sea, Liquid Cloud, Liquid Cyber Security, Liquid Home, Liquid Innovation and Liquid Satellite.
It now operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Harare and Kigali, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 74 MW of power.