Airtel partners Liquid Telecom for fibre network in Africa

Airtel and Liquid Telecom have entered into a partnership agreement where Airtel will use the Liquid Telecom’s terrestrial fibre network to connect its mobile base stations and enterprises.

The framework agreement enables Airtel to leverage Liquid Telecom’s existing 20,000km-long fibre network across East, Central and Southern Africa, as well as enjoy new purpose-built fibre infrastructure, to connect Airtel’s mobile base stations and enterprise customers with fibre,” Airtel said in a statement.

Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa CEO said the telecom company has invested significantly in mobile broadband technology across its African footprint and this agreement will deliver end to end fibre connectivity to our 3G and 4G base stations.

Airtel provides mobile services across 17 African countries.

Airtel said the agreement enables its operations gain access to Liquid Telecom’s fibre infrastructure and to benefit from new fibre routes on an on-going basis.

The company added, this will enable it to rapidly connect its mobile base stations and enterprise customers with unlimited capacity.

Liquid Telecom Group CEO Nic Rudnick also said mobile operators are relying on Internet access and data services to grow their revenues. MNOs, and in particular Airtel, have managed to attract a large number of customers on their 3G and 4G networks and now need to strengthen their backhaul to deliver a super-fast internet access service.
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