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Liquid Telecom Expands in Zambia with Realtime ISP Buy

Liquid Telecom is expanding in Zambia with the acquisition of Realtime, Zambia's second largest Internet Service Provider.

Realtime Technology Alliance Africa Ltd (Realtime) will now focus on the retail and business markets in Zambia which are not regulated by ZICTA (The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority). It will provide communications services to homes and businesses of all sizes across Zambia, using the satellite and fibre networks of CEC Liquid Telecom as well as its existing WiMAX network.

Realtime will also be one of the first resellers for Fibroniks, Liquid Telecom's Fibre To The Home service over which homes and businesses of all sizes can receive 100Mbps, the fastest broadband ever available in Zambia.

The Fibroniks service - with its unlimited data packages - is initially available to 15,600 homes and businesses in Lusaka including the areas of Rhodes Park, Northmead, Long Acres, Sunningdale and Kabulonga. The FTTH build will continue and is expected to reach 20,000 premises in Lusaka by year-end. Services will become available as each targeted area is connected, with a likelihood that the build will extend to Copperbelt towns by the end of the year.

CEC Liquid Telecom will continue to provide wholesale products and services to all licensed operators in Zambia. Realtime will receive network access from CEC Liquid Telecom on the same terms as other providers.

CEC Liquid Telecommunications Limited is a joint venture between The Liquid Telecom Group and Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC), a Zambian power generation, transmission and distribution company. It has established itself as the country's most reliable and consistent broadband provider. Its nationwide fibre network is the first fully redundant network in Zambia, providing SLAs at a level not previously experienced in the country. International access is through the multi-award-winning pan-African fibre and satellite networks of The Liquid Telecom Group.

Andrew Kapula, CEC Liquid Telecom Managing Director, said "This is another major milestone for both our company and the Zambian telecoms market. We will continue to invest in Zambia so that we can provide operators, ISPs, homes and businesses of all sizes with the fastest and most reliable broadband available in Zambia. We believe in the power of connectivity to change lives and will continue to build a high-quality network that will enable our people and businesses to prosper."

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