India’s Bharti Airtel has entered into a partnership agreement with Econet-owned Liquid Telcom to use the latter’s terrestrial fibre network to connect its mobile base stations and enterprises. The framework agreement enables Airtel to leverage Liquid Telecom’s existing 20,000km-long fibre network across East, Central and Southern Africa. The agreement also enables Airtel’s African operations to gain access to Liquid Telecom’s fibre infrastructure and to benefit from new fibre routes on an on-going basis. Airtel Africa CEO Christian de Faria commented: ‘The agreement is a milestone in providing fast broadband services to customers in a cost-effective way. Airtel has invested significantly in mobile broadband technology across its African footprint and this agreement will deliver end-to-end fibre connectivity to our 3G and 4G base stations. This collaboration reinforces our commitment to providing affordable and innovative mobile services to all.’
TeleGeography notes that Liquid Telecom’s fibre network spans 20,000km across Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.