Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook Collaborate on the...

Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook Collaborate on the Development of a Fiber Network in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Enterprise Networking Mag | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The new fiber network aids in the land connection of East and West Africa, enhancing internet access for millions of people.

FREMONT, CA: Liquid Technologies and Facebook partner to build a sizeable long-haul metro fiber network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The network is expected to improve internet access for over 30 million people and help meet the growing demand for regional connectivity across Central Africa.

Facebook invests in fiber construction and network planning. Liquid Technologies will own, construct, and operate the fiber network in addition to providing wholesale services to mobile network operators and internet service providers. The network will create a digital corridor connecting the Atlantic Ocean to East Africa and the Indian Ocean via the Congo Rainforest, the world's second-largest rainforest after the Amazon. Liquid Technologies has been working on the digital corridor for more than two years, which has now reached Central DRC. This corridor will link the Democratic Republic of the Congo to its neighbors, including Angola, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The new construction runs from Central DRC to Rwanda's eastern border, extending the reach of 2Africa. This massive undersea cable will land along the East and West African coasts, connecting Africa to the Middle East and Europe. Additionally, Liquid will employ over 5,000 residents of the surrounding communities to construct the fiber network.

“This is one of the most difficult fiber builds ever undertaken, crossing more than 2,000 kilometers of some of the most challenging terrain in the world,” says Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies. “Liquid Technologies and Facebook have a common mission to provide affordable infrastructure to bridge connectivity gaps, and we believe our work together will have a tremendous impact on internet accessibility across the region.”

“This fiber build with Liquid Technologies is one of the most exciting projects we have worked on,” says Ibrahima Ba, Director of Network Investments, Emerging Markets at Facebook. “We know that deploying fiber in this region is not easy, but it is a crucial part of extending broadband access to under-connected areas. We look forward to seeing how our fiber build will help increase the availability and improve the affordability of high-quality internet in DRC.”

Liquid Intelligent Technologies operates in over 20 African countries, with a vision of a digitally connected future in which no African is left behind.

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