Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, together with a consortium of telecommunications companies, has officially inaugurated the landing station of the Melting Pot Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS).
The landing station was inaugurated at Umbogotwini in KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province. The cable will ultimately connect Mauritius, Reunion Island and Madagascar to South Africa when it goes live.
Following an agreement in 2018 with a consortium of telecommunications companies, including Canal+ Télécom, CEB Fibernet, Emtel, SRR and Telma, Liquid Telecom South Africa has provided the landing station in KwaZulu-Natal. It will host and manage the submarine cable while also providing fibre backhaul to Teraco, a carrier, cloud and vendor-neutral data centre provider. The project is expected to be completed and operational by July 2020.
Dr Angus Hay, general manager South Africa Data Centre, which provides leading cloud service providers, carriers and enterprises with colocation services to meet the rising demand for cloud-based services in Southern Africa, has been quoted as saying: “The METISS subsea fibre optic cable underscores the company’s commitment to provide high-speed connectivity to every African on the continent.”
Liquid Telecom says it has been investing heavily across the continent, where it operates Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning almost 70,000km. In South Africa, the company recently unveiled its new core network that, it says, offers 99.999% uptime.