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Our story

We believe every individual on the African continent has the right to be connected.

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    Building Africa's digital future.

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies is a pan-African technology group with capabilities across 14 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Established in 2005, Liquid has firmly established itself as the leading pan-African digital infrastructure provider. Liquid Intelligent Technologies is redefining Network, Cloud and Cyber Security offerings through strategic partnerships with leading global players, innovative business applications, intelligent cloud services and world-class security to the African continent.

    Liquid is now a full one-stop-shop technology group that provides tailor-made digital solutions to businesses in the public and private sectors across the continent. The Group also operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Harare and Kigali, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 78 MW of power.

    Through this combined offering, Liquid Intelligent Technologies is enhancing customers' experience on their digital journey.

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    Our vision and values

    At the very core of our business is our belief that every individual on the continent has the right to be connected. We believe that the power of technology will create better and brighter lives for everyone.

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    We have big reach and strive for big impact
    Our footprint spans the continent, and we serve a diverse group of nations and customers. We don’t only do what we do for short-term profit, but to make a difference in our customers’ lives.

    We are all about service excellence
    We exist to deliver a superior customer experience and that starts with a strong service mentality. We treat each business as if it were our own.

    We have a bold and pioneering spirit
    We go where none have gone before, providing the best solutions for our customers to succeed

    In it for the long run
    We've invested heavily in our own network and technology. We created the largest single fibre network in the region, which stretches over 70,000km across borders to connect people locally, nationally and internationally. We're not stopping there – we're continuing to invest so we can connect people all over Africa.

    We embrace change, because change moves technology forward
    We are courageous enough to reinvent and grow. We are dynamic and responsive to the market.

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    Our history

    A subsidiary of Econet Global, Liquid Intelligent Technologies began life as the satellite and voice operator Econet Satellite Services, which was founded in 1997.

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    In 2009 we went on to launch our high-speed, cross-border fibre network linking Southern Africa to the rest of the world. And today we've grown to provide services to more than 50 global wholesale carriers operating in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, as well as the national and international enterprise market.

    Operators and users alike are seeing the benefits of our reliable, cost-effective communications infrastructure. In 2021 we rebranded from Liquid Telecom to Liquid Intelligent Technologies bringing African Intelligence to business in the public and private sector on the continent.

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    Geographic expansion

    Acquisition

    2019

    Acquisition of remaining 51% of Liquid Intelligent Technologies Zimbabwe.

    2012

    Acquisition of Zimbabwe's leading ISP, Zimbabwe Online.

    2008

    Acquisition of Data Control Systems establishes Liquid Intelligent Technologies in Zimbabwe.

    2013

    Acquisition of Kenya Data Networks in Kenya, Rwandatel in Rwanda and Infocom in Uganda.

    2017

    Acquisition of Neotel enhances our network capabilities across South Africa.

    Acquisition of Raha in Tanzania and Zanlink in Zanzibar expands presence in East Africa.

    2011

    Joint venture established with Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) in Zambia.

    2019

    A new fibre link running 2,600km across DRC enables launch of the fastest direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa.

    2016 - 2017

    Established operations in Botswana.

    Acquired IRU in DRC to link the east coast of Africa to the west coast.

    2015

    Finalised the acquisition of Realtime Zambia, which today operates as Hai Zambia.

    2005 - 2007

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies establishes operations in the UK, Mauritius and South Africa.

    2014

    Launch of satellite hub in South Africa.

    Launch of East Africa Data Centre in Kenya; the most advanced and largest data centre in East Africa.  

    2013

    Launched first Fibre-to-the-Home service in Zimbabwe.

    2012

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies deploys cross-border fibre networks connecting South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Zambia and DRC.

    2018

    Completion of Africa’s first terrestrial fibre network stretching all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt.

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