Liquid Telecom unveils Somalia’s first international fibre link

13 Nov 2013

Mauritius-based Liquid Telecom Group has announced the construction of Somalia’s first cross-border fibre-optic connection to the rest of the world, ending the country’s dependence on slow and expensive satellite links. The new fibre connection has been built across the border with Kenya and then links directly into the fibre network of Hormuud Telecom (HorTel) for local termination. HorTel’s fibre network will provide Liquid Telecom’s customers – fixed and mobile operators, wholesale carriers and enterprises – with reliable, robust and fast connectivity in southern and central Somalia. Meanwhile, HorTel’s customers now have access to Liquid Telecom’s pan-African fibre network which spans more than 17,000km across Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and provides connectivity onto the five main submarine cable systems landing in Africa: West African Cable System (WACS), Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSY), SEACOM, SAT3 and The East Africa Marine System (TEAMS). Nic Rudnick, CEO of the Liquid Telecom Group, said: ‘We will be providing the people of Somalia with access to the global internet at higher speeds and with more capacity available than ever before. Our goal is to connect every person and business in Africa to the internet and to each other. We are an agile and entrepreneurial company which is investing heavily in building our pan-African fibre network.’ HorTel’s Chairman and CEO, Ahmed Yuusuf, commented: ‘The connection of the HorTel network to Liquid Telecom’s international fibre network is a landmark for Somalia and will provide our customers with the fastest and most cost effective communications speeds available.’