Liquid Dataport, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, has launched what it describes as the first terrestrial fibre route connecting Mombasa to Johannesburg.
Liquid says that this new route, which includes a unique fibre link across the Democratic Republic of Congo between Goma and Kananga, provides multiple landlocked countries with extra redundancy, resilience and connectivity to numerous data centres and cloud resources. It also provides an alternative option in the event of a subsea cable outage between Kenya and South Africa.
This route will connect South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the DRC. It offers hyperscalers, enterprises and wholesale carriers direct connectivity to data centres in Johannesburg and Nairobi.
In addition, investments in the Equiano sea cable and significant capacity on the PEACE and 2Africa undersea fibre cables, together with its extensive terrestrial cross-border fibre broadband network, ensure that Liquid’s customers benefit from low-cost international capacity landing on both the Kenyan and South African shores wherever they need it on the African continent.
Commenting on the launch of this new route, David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Dataport, said, “This is the first terrestrial-only cable connecting Mombasa to Johannesburg via DRC. It not only provides redundancy but was designed to provide additional capacity to the landlocked countries on the route with direct access to cloud resources on the African continent and beyond.”