Businesses across the East African Community (EAC) will from now receive continuity of Internet connectivity and a much more reliable service following the completion of the regional Fibre Ring connecting Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and back into Kenya.
“This is a huge milestone for East Africa. By providing our nations with a 21st century broadband network that directly connects us to each other and the outside world,” EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera said Friday after Liquid Telecom announced that it had completed the building of the East Africa Fibre Ring.
“Liquid Telecom continues to help the economic development of our region. I deeply admire, commend and give thanks to the company for their ongoing commitment, investment and resolve in creating a fibre ring of this scale,” he added.
According to BiztechAfrica, the voice of the African ICT sector, the project has created the first fully redundant regional fibre ring, connecting the EAC partner countries to each other and the rest of the world.
The US$20 million investment ensures that Liquid Telecom customers will not be affected by fibre cuts, which have blighted users in Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda up to now.
Network outages will no longer cause long periods of down-time when businesses cannot connect to the internet.
In the event of a fibre cut, internet traffic will be automatically and instantly re-routed around the ring, giving consistently high speeds and continuous uptime for businesses and their customers, thus ensuring business continuity across the region.
Liquid Telecom Group’s CEO, Nic Rudnick, said: “This is a historic service improvement for the people and businesses of east Africa, especially those in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, who will not have experienced such reliable internet previously.
“This pioneering achievement will add value to East African businesses and enable online trade within the EAC and globally, with reliable connectivity comparable to anywhere else in the world.”
According to Rudnick, completion of the East African Fibre Ring has taken the company another step towards building Africa’s digital future and giving better value for everyone using the network.
The new fibre ring forms part of Liquid Telecom’s Pan-African fibre network, the largest single fibre network on the continent, spanning more than 17,000km across country borders and connecting areas where no fixed network has existed before.
The completion of the ring is just the latest in a series of major achievements for multi-award-winning Liquid Telecom, a pioneering company which is widely recognised to have changed the face of telecoms in Africa.