Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced the launch of two new fully redundant terrestrial routes – Kenya to Ethiopia and Zambia to Malawi.
This significant accomplishment will greatly enhance efficiency and ensure reliable regional connectivity, both of which are crucial for the economic development of these nations.
The fibre link between Kenya and Ethiopia, spanning over 1000 km, will provide businesses in Ethiopia with access to data centers and cloud services in Nairobi, Kenya, while ensuring that data remains within the continent.
Furthermore, this link is supported by the cross-border 711 km connection between Zambia and Malawi, establishing a direct and dependable link to content caches and data centers in South Africa.
Adil El Youssefi, CEO of Rest of Africa at Liquid Intelligent Technologies, stated the Kenyan and Ethiopian businesses are rapidly embracing digital technologies, and this new link will facilitate trade and investment between these two esteemed nations within our region.
For Liquid Kenya, we believe that this growing demand is being catalyzed by the Kenya Kwanza Government’s Digital Superhighway Initiative, and this 1000-km of newly installed fibre is our initial contribution to the private sector investment in this flagship project.
In collaboration with the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP), Liquid’s new link connects Nairobi and Mega, a town in southern Ethiopia, with a capacity of four terabytes per second.
This complements the existing terrestrial routes across the border, ensuring carrier-grade connectivity on the Kenya-Ethiopia route and facilitating the rapid expansion of data traffic. Liquid’s increased investment in Ethiopia further demonstrates its longstanding commitment to driving transformation, job creation, and growth across the continent.
“All initiatives undertaken by businesses under Cassava Technologies strive towards realizing our vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind. The completion of these fibre links marks another significant milestone achieved by Liquid as it continues to lay the foundations for economic growth through enhanced access to high-speed connectivity,” says Hardy Pemhiwa, President and Group CEO of Cassava Technologies.
The fibre network will deliver tangible benefits to Kenya and Ethiopia in terms of connectivity performance and accessibility, connecting underserved towns such as Suswa, Sereolipi, Ndaragwa, and Marsabit, in addition to Nairobi and Mega.
Liquid’s mission is to drive African growth through its intelligent fibre backbone, providing cost-effective regional internet connectivity that promotes digital transformation.
These milestones foster stronger economic and technological ties between countries and the continent, empowering African companies and individuals to realize their potential within the digital economy, both locally and globally.