Liquid Telecom has been implementing major infrastructure growth initiatives across Africa recently, with no sign of them slowing down.
For example, Liquid Telecom Kenya (LTK) has begun instillation on a US$2 million fibre optic network for Kenya’s Siaya County. This will be the first of its kind in rural Kenya and will open the previously underserved area to internet connectivity.
This move is part of the group’s broader plan to invest US$50 million, in partnerships with various counties, across Kenya in the next 24 months.
The improvement of internet connectivity in Siaya County is expected to help to increase business activity and attract investors to the area. A number of foreign and local investors, including NGOs, and service firms such as banks, are expected to expand operations into the county following improved Internet infrastructure.
“Rural Internet connectivity is rather poor in Kenya due to lack of infrastructure. What LTK primarily seeks to achieve in the partnership with the Siaya County government is open up the county to new business opportunities and improve government functionality,” said Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom Group CEO. “There are vast human and capital resources lying idle in Siaya. Connecting the county to the rest of Kenya and the world will in turn enable businesses and the county government register increased productivity at reduced costs.”
Liquid Telecom is also making headway in Zambia as ‘CEC Liquid Telecom’. CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia is a joint venture between the Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC), a Zambian power generation, transmission and distribution company, and the Liquid Telecom Group.
In 2014, they plan to spend US$15 million on their fibre-based broadband infrastructure, offering Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) for many Zambian homes and businesses.
Liquid Telecom has also recently announced their partnership with Far South Networks in order to form a distribution agreement to resell its products.
Through them Liquid Telecom plans to distribute IP, PBX and SIP products in Zimbabwe and utilise their VOIP technology to offer business customers voice services over their fibre network.
Overall, the Liquid Telecom Group is positioning itself as one of the biggest investors in Africa’s internet connectivity and has installed over 17 000 kilometres of fibre optic cable across Africa.