Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of South Africa-based Econet Wireless Group, and satellite operator Eutelsat have inked a five-year multi-transponder contract for satellite capacity, which will enable Liquid to deliver premium coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. Under the deal, Liquid Telecom will obtain additional capacity on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite, with plans to further ramp-up its bandwidth over the next twelve months. The new deal supports Liquid Telecom’s objectives to expand its satellite operations across Africa.
Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, commented on the new contract: ‘The strong features of EUTELSAT 7B, combined with our new teleport facilities in South Africa, equip us to meet growing demand from businesses for satellite-based IP connections. Our fibre and satellite networks complement each other, enabling our company to provide high speed, cost-effective broadband services to remote areas, where it is neither commercially viable nor practical to lay fibre.’
As previously noted by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March 2014 Liquid Telecom established a satellite hub at Teraco’s satellite earth station in South Africa, in a project reportedly worth several million dollars. The hub will allow Liquid Telecom to keep telecoms traffic that originates in Africa on the continent, rather than backhauling it via Europe, thus resulting in reduced latency and increased connectivity speeds for its customers.