14 September 2017

East Africa: Liquid Telecom Upgrades East Africa Fibre Ring to 100G

Kampala — Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global has completed 100G upgrades to key routes on the East Africa Fibre Ring according to Ben Roberts, the Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer.

"By upgrading to 100G, Liquid Telecom is ensuring that its fibre backbone can meet the rising demand for high bandwidth, video and internet services from businesses and consumers across the region," said Roberts in Kampala.

The upgrade to 100G wavelengths takes advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Ekinops allowing Liquid Telecom to offer the largest lit backhaul capacity in Africa.

Roberts said it offers up to 10 times the speed of previously used 10G waves, enabling them to provide its enterprise and wholesale customers with additional capacity and increased speeds.

He said the award winning East Africa Fibre Ring forms a key part of their Pan African fibre network, which today stretches over 50,000km.

The Fibre Ring links Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania with onwards connectivity to Liquid Telecom's fibre networks in Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It offers direct access to international subsea cables.

Roberts said the East Africa Fibre Ring remains the first fully redundant regional fibre ring with multiple routing options ensuring that customers are not affected by fibre cuts and network outages.

"In case of an incident, internet traffic is automatically and instantly re-routed around the ring, giving consistently high speeds and continuous up time for Liquid telecom customers.

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