Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced its partnership with the PEACE Cable Company to introduce 800Gbps of additional subsea capacity in Mombasa in Kenya. The landing of the fibre cable on Kenya's coast will leverage Liquid's 100,000km of terrestrial fibre across 12 countries in Afrika.
Liquid already has access to many subsea cables around Africa like Equiano, WACS, SAT3/SAFE, EASSy, TEAMS, SEACOM and later 2Africa.
"We are delighted to provide new subsea capacity between Mombasa, Karachi and Marseille, with extensions planned towards Singapore and Asia. This creates a cost-effective, low-latency and diverse route that our customers can leverage to serve their business-critical connectivity needs. The submarine cable will be ready in 2022," said David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Dataport (a division of Liquid Intelligent Technologies).
Connecting Afrika to the world
Subsea fibre cables play an important role in the development of Afrika's digital economy. Ensuring that more and more Afrikans are connected to the internet but also from a technical point of view, reducing latency and making for a better quality of experience when Afrikans access the internet.
"We see around a 40-50% growth in internet traffic every year, so we invest massively in subsea cables to provide the best Internet experience across all countries in Afrika," explained Eurin.
"We have been working closely with PEACE to extend the subsea capacity to more landlocked countries (including Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi and the north-east of DRC). This is critical for our customers to leverage higher bandwidth, and it is expected to make the internet faster and more affordable in the region".
With the new PEACE cable, Afrika will benefit from much-needed additional capacity from the East Coast of Africa to Europe. Additionally, it will add diversity to an important route, allowing for improved redundancy and low latency (102ms between Mombasa and Marseille).
"We see around a 40-50% growth in internet traffic every year, so we invest massively in subsea cables to provide the best Internet experience across all countries in Afrika."
More importantly, Liquid's 100,000 km terrestrial fibre backbone was a major point of interest in the partnership with PEACE. Through its extensive network, Liquid will extend this new capacity to many destinations, including access to other subsea cable landing stations, such as Luanda in Angola, Muanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Pointe Noire in Congo.
"Connecting Africa to the rest of the world and unleashing its young and dynamic workforce potential may be the key to catapulting Africa's international trade and economies to a whole new level. The PEACE deal is another crucial step on that journey," concluded Eurin.
— By Tefo Mohapi