The Liquid Telecom project for connectivity in Kenya

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is at the centre of a development plan by Liquid Telecom, a company very active in Africa that wants to increase the country’s high-speed connections. The expected investment is worth more than a million dollars.

Kenya’s potentials

“We want to continue to contribute to Kenya’s economic development by assuring it of faster, more efficient connectivity.” This is how Ben Roberts, CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya, summarised the goal of the investment that the company is getting ready to make to strengthen the network in Kenya. Today, Kenya is the leader among African countries in terms of internet and mobile connexions. By the end of 2015, the number of users surfing the web was in the neighbourhood of 30 million and mobile subscribers with data connexions were reported to be just under 20 million, with a leap of more than 5 million in a single quarter. This makes it a real engine, with the hunger for “high speed” being driven by the business sector, especially small and medium-sized companies. And this is the demand that Liquid Telecom would like to meet.

Liquid Telecom’s commitment

The investment that this company will put into action in 2016 is worth about 1 million dollars, and it will follow two routes: the completion of the metropolitan Nairobi network and the strengthening of the Wi-Fi network in that country. To date, Liquid Telecom has built a completely independent network that assures high performance to all the users in this sector. The company brought high-speed connexions to 39 of the 47 provinces in Kenya, and got about 200 Wi-Fi hotspots up and running in some strategic cities. Now, with this new development plan, it intends to work on the network in the capital, increasing the speed up to ten-fold, and for Wi-Fi coverage, installing hundreds of new hot spots throughout the country.

The optical fibre allows Africa to develop

Africa increases the projects to develop and strengthen the optic-fibre networks, financed by the international players of the telecommunications sector. The objective is to give impetus to the African connectivity to accelerate the economic growth. It is a review of the main international articles on the subject.

Optical fibre and economic growth

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Alcatel Lucent for the optical fibres in Ghana

Communications Africa has devoted an article to the end of the project to strengthen the Ghanaian optic-fibre network carried out by Alcatel Lucent together with the Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency. 775 new kilometres of facilities will bring numerous benefits to population and economy.

Liquid Telecom expands its network in Kenya

Liquid Telecom aims to expand its optic-fibre network in 40 of the 47 Kenyan countries with an over 400 thousand dollar investment. The objective is to open new business opportunities. All the details are in an article by Communications Africa.

Four new “landing points” for Nigeria

The web site “IT web Africa” spreads the news about the Nigerian Government’s approval of the project to build four new landing points to connect the fibre-optic submarine network. The hubs will be placed in as many cost places.

Congo’s optical fibres are at risk

The original idea was to create an optical-fibre “backbone” to allow the Democratic Republic of Congo to improve significantly in terms of diffusion and speed of the network. The first part of the project was completed, the second one is in progress. But an article of the portal World Bullettin has revealed that some members of the Congolese Parliament declared serious irregularities in the use of the public funding for the project.