by AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG – LIQUID Telecom South Africa will establish a multi-billion rand fourth generation broadband cellular network technology (4G) network in South Africa.
From early 2019, wholesale roaming services will be made available across the company’s network nationwide.
Using our 1800MHz spectrum, the network will handle 4G mobile data traffic to meet the needs of the most demanding users across the country, said Reshaad Sha, Liquid Telecom South Africa Chief Executive Officer.
“This is an exciting development which will enable us to provide Mobile Network Operators and ISPswith open access to our mobile 4G network,” Sha said.
Liquid Telecom, which acquired Neotel from Tata Communications in February 2017, has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa’s largest independent fibre network that is almost 70 000km in length and linked to more than 600 towns and cities in 13 countries.
This includes the recent completion of Liquid Telecom’s award winning ‘Cape to Cairo’ network which represents the first direct land-based terrestrial fibre link from Cape Town to Cairo.
Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, said the milestone built on a remarkable year for Liquid Telecom.
The latest announcement follows confirmation of a $180 million investment in Liquid Telecom by CDC Group Plc, the UK’s development finance institution.
“This will enable us to expand our broadband connectivity to some of the most underserved communities across the African continent,” Rudnick said.
In December Liquid Telecom also reached an agreement with Telecom Egypt to invest $400m in Egypt over the next three years.
– CAJ News