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Liquid Dataport to connect Angola and Zambia 

Liquid Dataport, has announced plans to expand its fibre backbone to connect Luanda, Angola and Lusaka, Zambia directly. This follows Liquid’s launch of a new 2500km fibre link between Lobito, Angola and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

The company, part of pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT), said it would collaborate with partners like Angola Telecom and others in Angola and Zambia. The addition of this route to Liquid’s regional fibre backbone is a significant addition to its existing 110,000 km fibre backbone. 

The move follows its April announcement that it had signed an MoU with the Government of Zambia to expedite the country’s digital transformation. As part of that plan, Liquid’s fibre network will connect towns across the country and will build the physical infrastructure to connect schools and clinics along its network. The group will work with the government to offer public and private cloud, with cybersecurity systems supporting the digitisation of government services. 

 “In the last few months, we have launched multiple new routes interconnecting countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Building a route that directly connects Angola and Zambia is key to our Group’s vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind,” said Liquid Intelligent Technologies Group CEO Hardy Pemhiwa. 

“Zambia has the potential to become a hub of connectivity for all of its neighbours, including Angola. As we demonstrated at ANGOTIC 2023, this new direct route via Chavuma will be available in the next few months, with an additional route to be launched later using fibre along the Lobito Corridor,” said Liquid Dataport CEO David Eurin. 

More expansion 

Last month, Liquid Dataport and Angola Telecom improve connectivity between Angola and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region with a new fibre route to Johannesburg, via DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group with operations in more than 25 countries in Africa. Last month, LIT successfully installed the Mauritius Telecom T3 subsea cable connecting Mauritius to South Africa. The T3 cable consists of four fibre pairs, with a design capacity of 13.5Tbps per fibre pair and 54Tbps for the whole system. 

Source: Mobile Europe