Liquid Sea, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liquid Telecom, has started a project to build a new subsea cable linking Africa to the Middle East with onwards connectivity to Europe.
Nic Rudnick, group CEO, Liquid Telecom, confirmed the Request For Tender has been issued to international companies involved in the construction of submarine cables.
Liquid Sea will run for some 10,000km from South Africa to the Middle East. It will be connected to Liquid Telecom’s pan-African terrestrial network, enabling a reliable and affordable international connectivity service to landlocked and coastal countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. The project is already fully funded and it is estimated that it will take 2 years to complete.
Liquid Sea will offer speeds of 20-30Tbps, up to 10 times the capacity of existing submarine cables in the region.
“The Liquid Sea project reaffirms our commitment to building Africa’s digital future and removing any bottlenecks in providing the fastest and most reliable access to the Internet to every single African on the continent,” Rudnick said. “The impact of Liquid Sea will be a far more reliable and ultra-fast connection for governments, businesses, schools and homes in both coastal and land-locked countries across Africa.”
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The new submarine cable is expected to directly connect all coastal countries along the east coast of Africa and to provide new connectivity to the Middle-East and Europe. The project will include landing stations in several ports that are currently not served by existing subsea cables. It will also leverage Liquid Telecom’s extensive terrestrial fibre network, the largest network of its kind in Africa, to provide onward connectivity to landlocked countries on the continent.
David Eurin, Liquid Telecom’s group chief strategy officer, explained that the project will provide a step-change in the way Internet connectivity is regarded in Africa. “We will be able to leverage the new submarine cable and our terrestrial network to improve our offerings to carriers, enterprise customers and households throughout the continent. It is of utmost importance to us to create equal opportunities to people living both in coastal and landlocked countries, the latter being too often forgotten in large international projects of this kind,” he said.
Liquid Telecom’s terrestrial fibre network is the largest single, contiguous network that crosses many borders in Africa. It is complemented by a satellite service for rural and remote areas.
Liquid Telecom is an independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.