This, says the company, will allow for greater efficiency and reliable regional connectivity, both key to the economic development of these countries.
Spanning over 1,000 kilometres, the fibre link between Kenya and Ethiopia offers businesses in Ethiopia access to data centres and cloud in Kenya’s capital city, ensuring that data doesn’t leave the continent.
This link is further supported by the cross-border 711 kilometre link between Zambia and Malawi, providing a direct and reliable connection to content caches and data centres in South Africa.
In partnership with the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP), Liquid’s new link connects Nairobi and Mega, a town in southern Ethiopia, and provides a capacity of four terabytes per second. Complementing the existing terrestrial routes across this border, the Kenya-Ethiopia route will now have carrier-grade connectivity, which serves to rapidly expand data traffic on this important route.
The fibre network will provide Kenya and Ethiopia with measurable benefits in terms of connectivity performance and accessibility as it connects the underserved towns of Suswa, Sereolipi, Ndaragwa and Marsabit, as well as Nairobi and Mega.
Liquid says it aims to catalyse African growth through its intelligent fibre backbone, providing cost-effective, regional internet connectivity that enhances digital transformation.