Malawi: Liquid Launches Two New Cross-Border Fibre Routes, To Ethiopia And Malawi

On 13 September 2023, Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid) announced the launch of two new fully redundant terrestrial routes, from Kenya to Ethiopia and Zambia to Malawi. The first is a 1,000-km fibre route from Nairobi in Kenya to Mega, a town in southern Ethiopia, in partnership with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP). According to a company press release, this route has a capacity of 4 Tbps, complements the existing terrestrial routes across this border, and runs via Nairobi, Suswa, Sereolipi, Ndaragwa, Marsabit and Mega. In October 2017, Liquid Telecom Kenya signed a 10-year partnership with KETRACO to operate its Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) fibre cable and expand the internet network across East Africa (see Kenya: Liquid Telecom and KETRACO Partner to Build Fibre Network Across Kenya and East Africa). The second route is a 711-km cross-border fibre route from Zambia to Malawi, with routes from Chipata to Lilongwe (the capital). During June, Liquid announced that its regional fibre optic network had reached 110,000-km (see DRC: Liquid Dataport Launches Shortest Fibre Route Connecting The East Coast To The West Coast Of Africa).

Source: Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid)

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