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Liquid Telecom to launch FTTH in Kenya, Uganda

Liquid Telecom to launch FTTH network in Kenya, Uganda in 2015.

Liquid Telecom, an African independent data, voice and IP provider, plans to launch its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Kenya and Uganda early next year.

Liquid Telecom provides fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to African mobile operators and internet services providers.

Speaking on the sidelines at the AfricaCom conference, which is currently underway in Cape Town, South Africa, company chief executive officer Nic Rudnick said they plan to launch the FTTH network on a wholesale and retail basis in those two countries.

According to Rudnick with the expansion to the two East African countries Liquid will be moving closer to its goals of providing more than a 100,000 households with a fibre network.

Currently Liquid is delivering its network to over 65,000 households across the countries where it operates at speeds of 100mbps.

"Our FTTH service has made accessing streamed, high-definition media via the internet a reality for home and small businesses in some of the remotest parts of Africa.

"As a household or business in Africa, you cannot really benefit from global internet services unless you have a high-speed fibre connection in addition to a mobile device," Rudnick said.

He added, "We are an ambitious and innovative organisation determined to continue investing and improving telecoms in Africa because we believe that every individual has the right to be connected."

Regarding further expansion plans Rudnick stated that Liquid would continue to build and expand services in the countries where the firm is operational.

He noted that the fibre network firm also has plans to provide its services to West Africa.

Liquid's terrestrial fibre network spans more than 15,000 km through Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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