LIQUID Telecom, the leading Pan- Africa’s
telecommunications company, is set to connect the entire continent through
a land-based communication link between Cape Town and Cairo, the South
African and Egyptian cities respectively.
Reshaad Sha, Liquid Telecom Chief Executive Officer, made the announcement
on Monday at the ongoing International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
summit in Durban, South Africa.
The link is anticipated to provide high-speed broadband aimed at bringing
economic and social benefits to the estimated 1,3 billion African
“For the first time, Africa will have a direct land-based communication
link between Cape to Cairo,” said Sha.
Sha said the connectivity would champion the intra-African trade, which he
said at the moment was at its lowest, estimated at 18 percent.
“To achieve this, our network has overcome some of the most challenging
distances and terrains on the continent – not to mention the threat of
wildlife, limited power supplies and theft of equipment,” he said.
The executive said his telecom giant was taking advantage of African Union
(AU) member states agreeing to free-trade agreements, with a combined
gross domestic product of more than $3,4 trillion (about R51 trillion).
The connectivity is presently stretching 10,000km, connecting 13 countries.
Eventually, it will stretch more than 10 000km, making it the shortest
direct fire route between cable routes – many of which still transit via
Sha also told the ITU that Liquid Telecom’s network was ready for the
Fourth Industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).
He said start-ups and businesses in the continent (Africa) were
experimenting with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence
(AI), internet of things (IoT), Big Data, Analytics and Blockchain, all
which had potential to solve African problems and improve livelihoods.
“We are improving cloud capabilities across the region – providing both
the infrastructure and tools to accelerate digital innovation,” Sha said.
Strive Masiyiwa, the Zimbabwean billionaire and philanthropist, founded
He is among prominent delegates at the historic event held for the first
time in the continent.
The ITU summit ends on Thursday.
Opening the summit on Monday, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa,
called on the continent to embrace digital innovation in order to
– CAJ News