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Our story

We believe every individual on the African continent has the right to be connected.

    Building Africa's digital future.

    Liquid Telecom is a leading communications solutions provider across 13 countries primarily in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa that serves mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, hosting and co-location and digital services.

    It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 70,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 78MW of power. This is in addition to offering leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, across our fibre footprint.

    Through this combined offering, Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers' experience on their digital journey. 

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    Our beliefs

    At the very core of our business is our belief that every individual on the continent has the right to be connected. We believe that the power of technology will create better and brighter lives for everyone.

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    Pioneering change
    We like to shake things up. We don't follow convention or the crowd – it isn't always easy but it's how we've built the largest single fibre network on the continent. We're always pushing to find new and better ways to do things.

    Only the best will do
    We're constantly striving to deliver the best communications technology to everyone – from the smallest communities to the biggest businesses in the region.

    Integrity
    Having integrity in everything we do has made us what we are today. We are all encouraged to play our part and take responsibility for doing things right – and doing the right thing.

    In it for the long run
    We've invested heavily in our own network and technology. We created the largest single fibre network in the region, which stretches over 70,000km across borders to connect people locally, nationally and internationally. We're not stopping there – we're continuing to invest so we can connect people all over Africa.

    We're for everyone
    Being connected shouldn't just be for the privileged few. We believe it's for everyone. The sense of doing the right thing runs through every aspect of our business.

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    Our history

    A subsidiary of Econet Global, Liquid Telecom began life as the satellite and voice operator Econet Satellite Services, which was founded in 1997.

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    Rebranding to Liquid Telecom in 2004, we went on to launch our high-speed, cross-border fibre network linking Southern Africa to the rest of the world in 2009. And now we've grown to provide services to more than 50 global wholesale carriers operating in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, as well as the national and international enterprise market.

    Operators and users alike are seeing the benefits of our reliable, cost-effective communications infrastructure. We set out to challenge the status quo. Today, we're changing the African telecoms industry, the lives of millions and even the continent itself.

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    Geographic expansion

    Acquisitions

    2019

    Acquisition of remaining 51% of Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe.

    2012

    Acquisition of Zimbabwe's leading ISP, Zimbabwe Online.

    2008

    Acquisition of Data Control Systems establishes Liquid Telecom in Zimbabwe.

    2013

    Acquisition of Kenya Data Networks in Kenya, Rwandatel in Rwanda and Infocom in Uganda.

    2017

    Acquisition of Neotel enhances our network capabilities across South Africa.

    Acquisition of Raha in Tanzania and Zanlink in Zanzibar expands presence in East Africa.

    2011

    Joint venture established with Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) in Zambia.

    2019

    A new fibre link running 2,600km across DRC enables launch of the fastest direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa.

    2016 - 2017

    Established operations in Botswana.

    Acquired IRU in DRC to link the east coast of Africa to the west coast.

    2015

    Finalised the acquisition of Realtime Zambia, which today operates as Hai Zambia.

    2005 - 2007

    Liquid Telecom establishes operations in the UK, Mauritius and South Africa.

    2014

    Launch of satellite hub in South Africa.

    Launch of East Africa Data Centre in Kenya; the most advanced and largest data centre in East Africa.  

    2013

    Launched first Fibre-to-the-Home service in Zimbabwe.

    2012

    Liquid Telecom deploys cross-border fibre networks connecting South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Zambia and DRC.

    2018

    Completion of Africa’s first terrestrial fibre network stretching all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt.

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