In April we covered Liquid Intelligent Technologies and its plan to expand its data centre infrastructure in other parts of the African continent. In recent weeks that has begun to take shape as the one-stop shop connectivity enabler has announced its presence in several countries.
The latest announcement is regards its fibre network, which recently surpassed the 100 000 kilometre milestone. It now makes Liquid Intelligent Technologies one the largest independent network provider on the African continent, with its focus on emerging markets in particular yielding dividends.
“With its additional fibre network connecting 14 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, customers can now explore opportunities in Africa and across the US, Asian and European markets,” explained a press release sent to Hypertext about the company’s current reach and plans for further expansion.
“The organisation’s fibre infrastructure impacts more than 100 million people across 643 towns and cities on the continent. This extensive network will create new opportunities by making digital inclusion a reality for businesses and individuals across the continent and ultimately accelerating the ongoing digital transformation in Africa,” it adds.
An example of enabling connectivity in emerging markets is the recent spinning up of operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Much like South Africa, the region suffers from high broadband costs, but the introduction of Liquid Intelligent Technologies has meant the 2.7 million people of Mbuji-Mayi in the DRC will have access to fibre connectivity for the first time.
The hope is that this will create an environment that stimulates exciting new sector growth opportunities.
“Over the years we have been successfully connecting countries through our high-speed connectivity and digital services. Our successful partnerships with customers ensured that today we are recognised as a technology company that has brought local businesses access to Cloud capabilities, world-class Cyber Security solutions in addition to our existing telecoms and connectivity capability,” notes Nic Rudnick, Group CEO.
“The internet offers unprecedented opportunities for economic growth in developing countries. By providing access to information, connecting people to businesses everywhere, and opening up new markets, the internet can act as an enabler of economic activity and an engine for information sharing. Economic development is not about choosing between access to the internet and basic necessities, they need to work together to allow societies to flourish,” he adds.
It remains to be seen how much value the recent connectivity in the south-central region of the DRC will bring forth, but here’s hoping more previously broadband dependant areas of the continent can gain access to fibre in the coming months and years through Liquid Intelligent Technologies.