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The East African : July 21st 2014
The EastAfrican JULY 19-25, 2014 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Satellite Broadband Communications 37 Liquid Telecom’s fibre and satellite networks provide a variety of wholesale broadband services Liquid Telecom Group (LTG) Africa’s leading data, voice and IP provider has launched high power satellite services to route African traffic in Africa rather than backhauling it via Europe increasing internet connectivity speeds while lowering costs. This makes Liquid Telecom the first operator to build a satellite hub atTeraco’s vendorneutral earth station in South Africa. to lack of inf≥ast≥uctu≥e. What LTK p≥ima≥ily seeks to achieve in the pa≥tne≥ship with the Siaya County gove≥nment is open up the county to new business oppo≥tunities and imp≥ove gove≥nment functionality,” said Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom G≥oup CEO. “The≥e a≥e vast human and capital ≥esou≥ces lying idle in Siaya. Connecting the county to the ≥est of Kenya and the wo≥ld will in tu≥n enable businesses and the county gove≥nment ≥egiste≥ inc≥eased p≥oductivity at ≥educed costs.” This is welcome news. Acco≥ding to the Communications Autho≥ity of Kenya (CAK) statistics ≥eleased in 2014, Inte≥- than 17,000 km f≥om Uganda to Cape Town. The expansion of its pan-Af≥ican satellite business complements the fib≥e enabling Liquid Telecom to p≥ovide highspeed, cost-e≠ective b≥oadband se≥vices to mo≥e ≥emote a≥eas whe≥e it is neithe≥ comme≥cially viable no≥ p≥actical to lay fib≥e. Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, said “Ou≥ fib≥e and satellite netwo≥ks complement each othe≥ and enable us to meet the eve≥-inc≥easing demand fo≥ connectivity f≥om ac≥oss Af≥ica. Ou≥ investment in the ea≥th station and the expansion of ou≥ satellite capabilities ≥eflects ou≥ commitment to building Af≥ica’s digital futu≥e.” Liquid Telecom’s fib≥e and satellite netwo≥ks p≥ovide a va≥iety of wholesale b≥oadband se≥vices includingMultip≥otocol Label Switching (MPLS) a standa≥d technology fo≥ speeding up netwo≥k t≥a∞c flow and making it easie≥ to manage and (VPN) systems to cellula≥, wi≥eless and fixed line p≥ovide≥s, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes in easte≥n, cent≥al and southe≥n Af≥ica. Satellite is usually deployed to p≥ovide connectivity to national pa≥ks, out of town o∞ces, ≥emote mining and explo≥ation companies. Howeve≥, most VSAT se≥vices a≥e neithe≥ fast no≥ ≥obust enough to manage MPLS o≥ p≥ivate VPN se≥vices which businesses f≥equently need. Liquid Telecom G≥oup, has positioned itself as one of biggest investo≥ in Af≥ica’s Inte≥net connectivity. In East Af≥ica, the fi≥m has invested $20 million (Ksh1.75 billion) which has seen the installation of 17,000 kilomet≥es of fib≥e optic cable ac≥oss Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Bu≥undi, the la≥gest of its kind in Af≥ica. T Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom Liquid telecom connects siaya county to the world with $2million internet cable project In the Counties Liquid Telecom Kenya is installing a $2 million (Ksh175 million) fibe≥ optic netwo≥k in Siaya County, the fi≥st its kind in ≥u≥al Kenya, to open the a≥eas unde≥se≥ved in te≥ms of inte≥net access. The move is pa≥t of fi≥m’s plan to invest $50 million dolla≥s in pa≥tne≥ships with counties in the next 24 months to ≥oll out data connectivity p≥ojects that will see mo≥e counties benefit f≥om p≥ojects simila≥ to that in Siaya County. Th≥ough the Wide A≥ea Netwo≥k (WAN) concept, the inte≥net will link the county headqua≥te≥s, sub counties and wa≥ds togethe≥, with a connection back to the cent≥al gove≥nment via fib≥e optic and satellite inf≥ast≥uctu≥e. County HQ and sub Counties will be connected via fib≥e and the 30 Wa≥ds will be connected via Liquid Telecom satellite se≥vices. This will allow Inte≥net use≥s in the county ≥eliable and a≠o≥dable access to local and global websites. The installation p≥ocess will see 50 sta≠ employed with fu≥the≥ ≥oles being c≥eated to handle maintenance of fib≥e optics and wi≥eless netwo≥ks in the county. “Ru≥al Inte≥net connectivity is ≥athe≥ poo≥ in Kenya due he data f≥om the hub is ≥outed via its single fib≥e netwo≥k that spans mo≥e net penet≥ation in Kenya stands at 52.3 pe≥ cent, making the penet≥ation in the count≥y among the most enviable ac≥oss the ≥egion. Howeve≥ penet≥ation in ≥u≥al a≥eas has ≥emained dismal locking out ≥u≥al businesses and people f≥om business, t≥ade and employment oppo≥tunities expe≥ienced elsewhe≥e.
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