Liquid Sea to link Africa to Middle East by an undersea cable

undersea-cable-africa-middle-eastSubsidiary of Liquid Telecom Liquid Sea has started a project to build a new subsea cable linking Africa to the Middle East with onwards connectivity to Europe.

A report in CET News said that Liquid Telecom Group CEO Nic Rudnick confirmed bids have been called for to supply submarine cables for the project, which will be connected to Liquid Telecom’s African terrestrial network. The goal is to provide reliable and affordable international connectivity service to landlocked and coastal countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

The project is already fully funded and it is estimated that it will take two years to complete, the story said. Liquid Sea will offer speeds of 20-30Tbps, up to 10 times the capacity of existing submarine cables in the region. The new submarine cable is expected to directly connect all coastal countries along the east coast of Africa and to provide new connectivity to the Middle East and Europe. The project will include landing stations in several ports that are currently not served by existing subsea cables. It will also leverage Liquid Telecom’s extensive terrestrial fiber network, to provide onward connectivity to landlocked countries on the continent.

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