CEC Liquid Telecom has announced the acquisition of Realtime Technology Alliance (Realtime), Zambia’s second largest internet service provider (ISP). In a press release confirming the development, CEC Liquid Telecom said that Realtime will now provide communications services to residential and business subscribers across Zambia using the former’s satellite and fibre networks, as well as Realtime’s existing WiMAX network. Further, it has also been noted that Realtime will become one of the first resellers for CEC Liquid Telecom’s ‘Fibroniks’ branded fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, which was launched in February this year.
With regards to this fibre-based service, CEC Liquid Telecom confirmed that around 15,600 premises in Lusaka now have access to the 100Mbps downlink speeds offered by the FTTH infrastructure – up from the 8,000 reported at launch – with the covered areas named as: Rhodes Park, Northmead, Long Acres, Sunningdale and Kabulonga. Looking ahead, the company has said it expects the FTTH network to reach a total of 20,000 premises in the capital by end-2015, while an extension of services to Copperbelt towns is also said to be on the cards by that date.
Commenting on the acquisition, meanwhile, Andrew Kapula, managing director at CEC Liquid Telecom, was cited as saying: ‘This is another major milestone for both our company and the Zambian telecoms market. We will continue to invest in Zambia so that we can provide operators, ISPs, homes and businesses of all sizes with the fastest and most reliable broadband available in Zambia.’