Liquid Technologies has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Facebook to build an extensive long haul and metro fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The proposed fibre network is expected to improve internet access for more than 30 million people and help meet the growing demand for regional connectivity across Central Africa.
The new build will stretch from Central DRC to the Eastern border with Rwanda and extend the reach of 2Africa, a major undersea cable that will land along both the East and West African coasts, and better connect Africa to the Middle East and Europe. Additionally, Liquid will employ more than 5,000 people from local communities to build the fibre network.
“This is one of the most difficult fibre builds ever undertaken, crossing more than 2,000 kilometres of some of the most challenging terrain in the world. Liquid Technologies and Facebook have a common mission to provide affordable infrastructure to bridge connectivity gaps, and we believe our work together will have a tremendous impact on internet accessibility across the region,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies.
Liquid recently announced, during June 2021, that it had achieved the 100,000 km fiber network rollout milestone. The company’s fiber infrastructure is reported to impact more than 100 million people across 643 towns and cities in Africa. Liquid Technologies will own, build and operate the fibre network, and provide wholesale services to mobile network operators and internet service providers. The network will help create a digital corridor from the Atlantic Ocean through the Congo Rainforest, the second largest rainforest after the Amazon, to East Africa, and onto the Indian Ocean. Liquid Technologies has been working on the digital corridor for more than two years, which now reaches Central DRC. This corridor will connect DRC to its neighboring countries including Angola, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
On the other hand, over approximately the past decade, Facebook has been investing millions of dollars into telecommunications infrastructure and partnerships to connect Africans to the Internet. As far as the proposed fibre network in the DRC is concerned, Facebook will invest in the fibre build and support network planning.
“This fibre build with Liquid Technologies is one of the most exciting projects we have worked on. We know that deploying fibre in this region is not easy, but it is a crucial part of extending broadband access to under-connected areas. We look forward to seeing how our fibre build will help increase the availability and improve the affordability of high-quality internet in DRC,” said Ibrahima Ba, Director of Network Investments, Emerging Markets at Facebook.
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