CEC Liquid Telecom (Zambia) has revealed plans to construct a new fibre link between the capital Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone, with this expected to serve both retail and wholesale customers with what the company has claimed will be ‘the most reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity in Southern Zambia’. With the cost for the turnkey 500km fibre link construction and terminal equipment estimated at USD5 million, the new route will reportedly start in Lusaka, transiting through eight southern circuit towns including Kafue, Mazabuka, Monze, Choma and Kalomo, before terminating at Victoria Falls in Livingstone. At Victoria Falls, the new link will interconnect with Liquid Telecom Group’s fibre network in Zimbabwe, providing the company with its third route into and out of Zambia. Following completion of the new infrastructure, which is expected by June 2015, CEC Liquid Telecom (Zambia) will continue construction with a view to extending connectivity to the border towns of Kazungula and Sesheke, to link with Namibia and Botswana.
CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia, a joint venture between the Liquid Telecom Group and Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC) already operates a fibre network spanning more than 5,000km, and this Lusaka/Livingstone link is expected to provide additional capacity, increased redundancy and route diversity.
Commenting on the latest network development, Andrew Kapula, managing director of CEC Liquid Telecom (Zambia), was cited as saying: ‘The southern part of Zambia, along the economic zone from Lusaka via transit towns to Livingstone, has lagged behind in terms of access to quality ICT services. Our new fibre link will provide much needed capacity in the area.’