Liquid Intelligent Technologies has begun offering connectivity to communities in Kinshasa, having completed the deployment of a high capacity communications bridge between the city and neighbouring Brazzaville – on the other side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)/Republic of the Congo border – using wireless optical communication (WOC) technology from US tech giant Alphabet’s Project Taara. According to Liquid, Taara’s WOC solution is capable of transmitting up to 20Gbps per link. Explaining its decision to use the wireless technology for the link, Liquid notes that the two capital cities are separated by the Congo River, one of the fastest and deepest rivers in the world. Due to the difficulty in deploying fibre across the river, operators have traditionally had to direct traffic through cable landing stations more than 400km away.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies CEO Nic Rudnick said of the development: ‘Our work with Taara has allowed us to use WOC technology to provide cost-effective, high-speed connectivity to the people in the two cities. Thus, ensuring that Liquid can enable economic prosperity by creating a connected future across the African continent despite the difficult terrain.’