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Liquid Intelligent Technologies to establish multi-billion rand 4G network in South Africa

Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa to provide wholesale open access roaming services to network operators starting early 2019.

Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa today announced that it will establish a multi-billion Rand 4G network in South Africa. From early 2019, wholesale roaming services will be made available across Liquid Intelligent Technologies’s network nationwide.

According to Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa CEO, Reshaad Sha: “This is an exciting development which will enable us to provide Mobile Network Operators and ISPs with open access to our mobile 4G network. Using our 1800MHz spectrum, the network will handle 4G mobile data traffic to meet the needs of the most demanding users across the country.”

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, which acquired Neotel from Tata Communications in February 2017, has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa’s largest independent fibre network that is almost 70,000km in length and linked to more than 600 towns and cities in 13 countries. This includes the recent completion of Liquid Intelligent Technologies’s award winning ‘Cape to Cairo’ network which represents the first direct land-based terrestrial fibre link from Cape Town to Cairo.

“This milestone builds on a remarkable year for Liquid Intelligent Technologies. I am encouraged that the momentum will continue into 2019 with South African operators having access to wholesale roaming services across our network for the first time.” Said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies. “Our announcement today, caps a busy and successful year which includes our recent announcement of a $180m investment in Liquid Intelligent Technologies by CDC Group Plc, the UK’s development finance institution. This will enable us to expand our broadband connectivity to some of the most underserved communities across the African continent.”

In December Liquid Intelligent Technologies also reached an agreement with Telecom Egypt to invest $400m in Egypt over the next three years as a leading connectivity and cloud solutions provider for the first time in North Africa, serving businesses in the region with a world-class network and data centre services.

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