Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced the launch of two new fully redundant terrestrial routes – Kenya to Ethiopia and Zambia to Malawi. This will allow for greater efficiency and reliable regional connectivity, both key to the economic development of these countries.
The fibre link between Kenya and Ethiopia spans over 1000km and offers businesses in Ethiopia access to data centres and cloud in Nairobi. This ensures that data does not leave the continent. In addition, this link is supported by the cross-border 711 km link between Zambia and Malawi, providing a direct and reliable connection to content caches and data centres in South Africa.
Speaking after this announcement, Adil El Youssefi, the CEO, Rest of Africa, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, said that the link between Kenya and Ethiopia is crucial at this time as Kenyan and Ethiopian businesses are rapidly adopting digital technologies.
“This link will enable trade and investment between these two great nations (Kenya and Ethiopia) in our region. For Liquid Kenya, we see this growing demand being catalysed by the Kenya Kwanza Government’s Digital Superhighway Initiative, and this 1000km of newly lit fibre is our first contribution to the private sector investment into this flagship project,” Adil remarked.
In partnership with the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) amd Ethiopia Electric Power (EEO), Liquid’s new link connects Nairobi and Mega (a town in Southern Ethiopia), and provides a capacity of four terabytes per second. Complementing the existing terrestrial Routes across this border, the Kenya-Ethiopia route will now have carrier-grade connectivity, which serves to rapidly expand data traffic on this route. As Liquid doubles down on investment in Ethiopia, it expands on its long-standing commitment to ignite transformation, job creation, and growth on the continent.
“All initiatives undertaken by businesses under Cassava Technologies work towards realising our vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind. The completion of these fibre links is yet another milestone achieved by Liquid as it continues to lay the foundations of economic growth through increased access to high-speed connectivity,” said Hardy Pemhiwa, President and Group CEO of Cassava Technologies.
The fibre network will provide Kenya and Ethiopia with measurable benefits in terms of connectivity performance and accessibility as it connects the underserved towns of Suswa, Sereolipi, Ndaragwa and Marsabit, as well as Nairobi and Mega.
Liquid aims to catalyse African growth through its intelligent fibre backbone, providing cost-effective, regional internet connectivity that enhances digital transformation. These milestones foster richer economic and technological ties across countries and the continent, helping African companies and individuals realise their potential within the digital economy on a local and global scale.