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South Sudan: Liquid Telecom Starts Construction Of 300-Km Fibre Route From Juba To Uganda

On 1 July 2019, Liquid Telecom announced that it will start construction of a fibre optic network in South Sudan, which will interconnect with the operator’s regional fibre optic network. According to a company press release, the first phase of the agreement signed between the Government of South Sudan’s National Communication Authority and Liquid Telecom will include a 300-km fibre backbone operating from the border of Uganda, through South Sudan, to the capital city Juba. This first phase is scheduled to be completed and go live in the last quarter of 2019. The network will then be expanded to other cities in subsequent phases, in time supporting the country’s 13 million citizens.

For the time being, South Sudan does not have any cross-border fibre optic connectivity to its neighbouring countries, or to submarine cable landing points. South Sudan is already connected to Uganda via microwave, and Uganda’s national backbone includes a fibre optic link to Nimule on the border with South Sudan. The Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services (MoTPS) of South Sudan completed initial planning for a national fibre optic backbone more than five years ago. According to the ‘South Sudan Infrastructure Action Plan’ published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), this 5,720-km national fibre network would cost an estimated USD 113 million to build (see South Sudan: Ministry Plans 5,720-Km National Fibra Backbone In South Sudan).

“Liquid Telecom is immensely proud to bring fibre connectivity to South Sudan for the first time,” said Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman of Econet Global and Liquid Telecom in a company press release. “This modern ICT infrastructure will help address the most pressing challenges within South Sudan, including the urgent need for peace and state building, job creation and improved livelihoods. South Sudan’s 13 million citizens will be connected to 300 million people across the East African Community. Connecting South Sudan to the ‘One Africa’ broadband network will also champion pan-Africa trade and help build Africa’s digital future.”

His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, commenting on this new partnership, said, “The implementation of this critical fibre infrastructure is a landmark step in the delivery of affordable communications access to the people of South Sudan, the business community, government and civil society. By connecting South Sudan to the global internet, this important infrastructure development will help improve social mobility, enable economic diversification and drive inclusive private sector-led growth and productive employment. The agreement is also ideally timed, coinciding with the signing of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.”

Source: Liquid Telecom

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