Internet access is expected to see a huge boost in Rwanda following Liquid Telecom plan to invest $34 million in high-speed broadband services.
The investment will see Liquid Telecom provide extensive Fibre To The Home (FTTH) infrastructure, which offers up to 100 Mbps, unlimited capacity and connections that enable the usage of high definition video, live TV streaming, uninterrupted VoIP calling and real-time online gaming.
Liquid says it will be the first company to offer the FTTH infrastructure in Rwanda.
According to the company, the installation will begin in Rwanda capital city, where it (Liquid Telecom) already has a metropolitan fibre ring designed to boost internet redundancy efforts in the East African region.
Liquid Telecom says it is taking advantage of the Rwanda’s central African location and role as an internet services hub for east and central Africa to install thousands of kilometers of fibre cables across Rwanda. It will also serve operators in neighbouring Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Chairman of Liquid Telecom Rwanda, Sam Nkusi describes Liquid Telecom, and the investment plan, as very ambitious. “We are building a 21st century network which will help our country continue to grow and prosper,” he explained.
Liquid Telecom, a leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa continues to grow its fibre footprint across Africa. The company built the continent’s largest single fibre network which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town, currently spanning over 17,000km across borders and covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies, where there is no fixed network.
It recently signed a deal with NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) for the latter to supply IP Transit services that will support the increasing demand for bandwidth in the African Market.
Liquid, the coming months, plans build a satellite hub in South Africa, launch an African VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) service and to connect 7,000 households in Zambia to fibre networks by June 2015 for about $15 million.