We briefly noted earlier this week that Liquid Intelligent Technologies, formerly Liquid Telecoms, had deployed a fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company has now supplied more details of the deployment – and it makes some impressive claims for the new network.
This expansion, it says, connects millions of DRC citizens and thousands of businesses to the company’s One Africa broadband network totalling more than 73,000 kms across the continent. Kinshasa and most major cities in the DRC are now connected directly to the world, linking to such cities as London, San Francisco and Singapore, and many other global economic hubs.
Liquid’s terrestrial fibre network connects Muanda, a town lying on the west Atlantic coast of the country, to cities as far as Cape Town in South Africa, Dar es Salam in Tanzania and Lubumbashi, the mining capital of the DRC.
This is a first for the country, says Liquid, as no operator currently offers such a seamless link across the continent. It adds that the DRC route is part of the first-ever complete East to West network on the African continent, offering low latency, high bandwidth fibre connectivity and high availability.
High-speed internet access across the DRC has been almost non-existent for the past decade. Now, says Liquid, customers have more choices and greater redundancy available to them. These terrestrial routes also cut latency across Africa from 250s to approximately 50ms.
The company adds that this fibre deployment will also offer the fastest and lowest-cost way for global telecommunications operators, OTTs, ISPs, and enterprises to link their communications to other African countries, as well as offering the DRC population access to Africa’s cloud and other digital services.
Liquid will connect the DRC with a high-quality optical ground wireline, with capacities from 1G up to multiple 100Gs. This line offers greater redundancy at speeds and access to high-speed broadband.