Liquid Dataport, Angola Telecom bring new fibre route to Johannesburg
Liquid Dataport and Angola Telecom have announced a new terrestrial fibre route between Luanda, Angola and Johannesburg, South Africa, via DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This route is in addition to Liquid’s regional fibre backbone, with an existing 110,000km network.
While the new route caters to demand from wholesale customers, Liquid partnered with Angola Telecom to provide enterprises and SMEs in the country with access to high-speed connectivity and even direct connectivity to data centres in Johannesburg.
Hon. Mário Oliveira, Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication says: “We have made significant investments in our telecommunications sector over the last 25 years, which includes terrestrial, submarine and even satellite connectivity. We understand the crucial role played by public-private partnerships, and that is why we have new laws in place that support and offer attractive incentives for international players like Liquid Dataport that help drive our national focus towards the IT-driven modernisation of Angola. The partnership between Angola Telecom and Liquid Dataport has also allowed us to enjoy seamless connectivity with other countries in COMESA and South Africa, supporting long-term growth in our economies.”
Adilson Dos Santos, CEO at Angola Telecom adds: “There is a conscious drive towards making the internet more popular, as currently, the internet penetration in Angola is only five million people. Angola Telecom and Liquid Dataport have been able to work seamlessly for over two years with each other as we are working towards a common goal. Through our National Rural Telecommunication Plan, we want to ensure that connectivity is available to citizens in the remotest parts of the country. We are excited to see the fruits of this partnership lead to increased contribution of the ICT sector to national GDP.”
Concludes David Eurin, CEO at Liquid Dataport: “Our continuous investment into our ‘One Africa Digital Network’ provides customers with access to major data centres in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and now Angola, ensuring that African data never has to leave our shores. Our unwavering dedication to expanding the horizons of connectivity in Africa will empower businesses to unlock unprecedented opportunities for growth, collaborate on a global scale, and harness the immense potential of digital technologies.”