UK-based Liquid Intelligent Technologies and US social media giant Facebook are to collaborate on an extensive long-haul and metro fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which they say could improve internet access for more than 30m people. It will connect DRC to neighbouring countries including Angola, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The project will stretch from central DRC to the eastern border with Rwanda and extend the reach of Facebook’s 2Africa, a major undersea cable stretching over 37,000km that will land along both the East and West African coasts and connect at least 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Facebook will invest in the fibre build and support network planning, while Liquid Technologies will own, build and operate the fibre network and provide wholesale services to mobile network operators and internet service providers.
SOURCE: AFRICAN BUSINESS