Liquid Telecom Zambia announced
today it is investing US$5 million to build a new 500km fibre link between Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone in a move expected to give both retail and wholesale customers the most reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity in the region.
The new link will start in Lusaka and will go through eight southern circuit towns, including Kafue, Mazabuka, Monze, Choma and Kalomo, terminating at Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
In a statement, Andrew Kapula, CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia Managing Director, said “The Southern part of Zambia, along the economic zone from Lusaka via transit towns to Livingstone, has lagged behind in terms of access to quality ICT services. Our new fibre link will provide much needed capacity in the area. We are investing heavily in Zambia as part of our goal to build Africa’s digital future. We believe in the power of connectivity to transform lives and our goal is to connect as many people in Africa as possible.”
The Lusaka – Livingstone Victoria Falls link will provide additional capacity, increased redundancy and route diversity and will cement CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia’s position as the country’s most reliable and consistent broadband provider.
At Victoria Falls, the new link will interconnect with The Liquid Telecom Group’s fibre network in Zimbabwe providing the company with its third route into and out of Zambia to five different sea cables – WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs.
Following completion of the Lusaka – Livingstone Victoria Falls link, expected by June 2015, CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia will continue its build to the border towns of Kazungula and Sesheke to link with Namibia and Botswana.
CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia is a JV between The Liquid Telecom Group and Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC), a Zambian power transmission, distributing and generating company. The firm’s 5,000km+ network is the first fully-redundant network in Zambia. CEC Liquid Telecom also provides IP Transit, MPLS, backhaul, disaster recovery and data protection services to a wide variety of customers.