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Liquid Telecom is building Africa's digital future. Here we present a series of articles that provide information and insights about Africa's digital journey and the trends shaping the continent.

Liquid Telecom steps forward to support SME and startup co-working space to drive adoption of cloud services

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, is now providing free internet to Nairobi Garage’s newly opened Entrepreneurship Centre along Ngong Road in Nairobi, supporting up to 300 co-workers with free high-speed fibre internet connectivity of 150Mbps. The move forms part of Liquid Telecom Kenya’s drive to support businesses across Kenya with both internet and, now, software services too.

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Liquid Telecom extends partnership with INX-ZA at AfPIF 2017

INX-ZA at AfPIF 2017

Liquid Telecom capped a busy few days at the 2017 African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) by extending its partnership with INX-ZA.

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Liquid Telecom upgrades East Africa Fibre Ring to 100G

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Liquid Telecom has completed 100G upgrades to key routes on the East Africa Fibre Ring and is now delivering faster speeds across Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. It is able to offer the largest lit backhaul capacity in Africa.

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Internet of Things Report 2017

Internet of things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the logical next step for an increasingly connected Africa.

The African IoT Report 2017 takes an in-depth look at the evolving role of IoT across Africa, looking at how it can support local businesses while also contributing to sustainability.

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Kyle Whitehill named as CEO for Liquid Telecom in South Africa

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Liquid Telecom is pleased to announce that Kyle Whitehill has been named as CEO at Liquid Telecom South Africa and Neotel. Over the coming months, Kyle will oversee plans to make extensive upgrades and expansions to Neotel’s network, enabling more customers to access high-speed, reliable connectivity across South Africa.

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Neotel’s enterprise operations rebrand to Liquid Telecom

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Liquid Telecom has announced that Neotel’s enterprise operations will officially rebrand to Liquid Telecom South Africa with immediate effect. The transition to Liquid Telecom South Africa aligns Neotel’s existing enterprise and carrier customer base closer with the Liquid Telecom Group’s wider pan-African operations.

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Liquid Telecom launches new PoP in Marseille to enhance global network

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Liquid Telecom has announced that Neotel’s enterprise operations will officially rebrand to Liquid Telecom South Africa with immediate effect. The transition to Liquid Telecom South Africa aligns Neotel’s existing enterprise and carrier customer base closer with the Liquid Telecom Group’s wider pan-African operations.

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Africa takes centre stage at ITW 2017

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The African telecoms market took centre stage at this year’s International Telecoms Week (ITW) during a well-attended key note panel session on Tuesday.

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Liquid Telecom Kenya combats vandalism of fibre optic cables with new awareness campaign

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Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a series of countrywide awareness campaigns to protect rural fibre optic cable networks from vandalism that is costing the country hundreds of millions of shillings a year.

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Blue is the new orange: preparing for the official launch of Neotel

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Watch our behind-the-scenes video to see how Liquid Telecom transformed the Neotel headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, ahead of the official launch day.

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Liquid Telecom digs deep at Mining Indaba 2017

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In February, the Liquid Telecom team were at the largest mining event in Africa, Mining Indaba, to showcase how connectivity is transforming mining operations across the region.

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Introducing Raha CEO Aashiq Shariff

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As Liquid Telecom completes its acquisition of Tanzania’s leading ISP, Raha, we find out more about the company’s innovative thinking and the exciting opportunities emerging in Tanzania from Raha CEO Aashiq Shariff

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The year in pictures – Liquid Telecom 2016

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From the recent acquisitions of Neotel and Raha to our new joint venture in Botswana, 2016 was a big year for the Liquid Telecom Group. Relive all the highlights from our award-winning year.

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Looking ahead to the 2017 Kenya Rally Championship

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Only two weeks to go until the start of 2017 Kenya Rally Championship, when Liquid Telecom will again be supporting rally legend Ian Duncan.

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Top tech trends 2017

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From 3D printed food to the rise of augmented reality, what will be the latest technologies to hit the mainstream in Africa over the coming 12 months?

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A look inside the world's very first droneport

droneport

The sight of commercial delivery drones whizzing through the sky is much closer than you think. And nowhere more so than in Africa, where the world's very first droneport is expected to open in Rwanda next year.

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Liquid Telecom collects prize at first Africa Carrier Awards

Capacity Africa Awards

Liquid Telecom was named Best Southern Africa Wholesale Carrier at first ever Africa Carrier Awards.

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Top five payment solution trends in Africa

Mobile and contactless payments are expected to hit $3.6 trillion globally this year, according to Juniper Research. Discover five payment solutions trends that are transforming the way consumers pay for goods and services across Africa.

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Retail and distribution is being changed by new technology – are you benefitting? Or watching others get ahead?

The retail and distribution sector will be one of the major beneficiaries of Africa's growing confidence in technology. But what does the continent need for the likes of delivery drone technology to really take off?

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AfPIF 2016: Spotlight on peering

At the end of this month, Liquid Telecom is once again participating at the annual African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) event, which will this year be hosted in Tanzania.

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Top five innovations transforming banking

Banks worldwide are exploring new technologies and business models that can help them compete in the digital age. From robo advisors and open APIs to blockchain technology, we take a look at five innovations transforming the banking sector.

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Banking on innovation and business transformation

No other industry has faced greater disruption across Africa than banking and finance. With the help of network partners such as Liquid Telecom, however, banks and financial service providers are exploring new business models that will help shape the continent's digital future.

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Innovation Conversation takes off in South Africa

In July, Liquid Telecom brought together some of its enterprise customers in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a morning of discussion. The topic? What else but innovation.

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Preparing for the network technologies of tomorrow

Behind the scenes, there is a lot of work going on by network operators such as Liquid Telecom, to not only make sure networks are in-line with global standards, but that we are ready for the network technologies of tomorrow.

In June, Liquid Telecom played a key role in the first ever MEF Seminar in Nairobi, which was an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with the wider telecoms and tech community in Kenya.

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Technology comes along for the bumpy ride

Rally legend Ian Duncan has seen technology revolutionise the motor sport, during a glittering career which has seen him win the Kenyan Rally Championship an incredible six times. Liquid Telecom gives an update on the all the action from the Kenyan rally season so far, including some very special drone footage.

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Top five most remote locations in Africa served by VSAT

The need for connectivity is often the most critical in remote areas of Africa, where internet penetration remains low or non-existent. Here we look at five examples of where Liquid Telecom's award-winning VSAT is delivering high-speed internet via satellite to some of the most remote corners of the region.

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Customer story: African Sun Group

African Sun Group is one of Zimbabwe's leading hotel chains. With internationally recognised brands and respected home-grown brands, the group operates hotels, resorts, casinos and timeshares in some of the country's prime tourist locations.

Thanks to Liquid Telecom, Africa Sun Group has been able to significantly improve the internet experience for its guests across all 11 of its hotels and resorts, enabling the group to migrate more systems online and better manage its customer internet usage and cost.

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The path to innovation leads through experimentation

What is the shortest and fastest way to implement innovation? There isn't one. Innovation is about trying. Then trying. Then trying again.

In the second instalment of our new innovation blog, we look at how experimenting with new approaches, services and products can lead businesses towards innovation enlightenment.

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Building Africa's digital future in the ground and in the sky

Investment and innovation in satellite services is helping to transform businesses across parts of Africa. Scott Mumford, Group Managing Executive – Satellite & VSAT at Liquid Telecom, explains why satellite is the perfect complement to fibre.

Satellite enables the provision of seamless broadband services to some of the most remote parts of Africa.

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Competitive gaming reaches the next level in Africa

Nairobi gamers

A recent international gaming tournament held in Kenya revealed pent-up demand from a new generation of African gamers. But the rise of competitive gaming in the region hinges on the rollout of more advanced network infrastructure.

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Liquid Telecom Kenya supports first ever international gaming event in Nairobi at Naiccon

Nairobi Skyline

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has partnered with the Nairobi Comic Convention (Naiccon) to host Africa’s first international multi player video game tournament at the Sarit Centre in Nairobi.

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Liquid Telecom Kenya reveals results of first sustainability report

Liquid Telecom Kenya has issued its first sustainability report, presenting the results of its November 2015 commitment to the Code of Ethics for Business in Kenya. In the first year of its initiative, the company has effected a zero-tolerance approach to corruption, achieved strong sales and improved customer service.

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New satellite technology recognised at GTB Innovation Awards

A new satellite technology pioneered in Africa by Liquid Telecom and Newtec was among the winners at the Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards, picking up the accolade for Enterprise Service Innovation. The prestigious Innovation Awards recognise the industry’s most innovative and successful project partnerships.

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Coming next month: A new report on the internet of things (IoT)

The IoT market is fast gaining traction across Africa, where increasing internet access is presenting new opportunities to connect consumer products, durable goods, industrial and utility components, and a whole host of other everyday objects. Find out more in next month's AfriCAN IoT Report 2017 - available free to all our subscribers.

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East Africa Data Centre receives Tier III certification

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East Africa Data Centre (EADC), a subsidiary of Liquid Telecom Kenya, has won Tier III Certification after proving that it delivers 100% uptime in its electricity supply, cooling and IT systems.

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dotAfrica is coming... Find out how to reserve your new domain early

Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school

A new top level domain is about to arrive in Africa. dotAfrica (.africa) will bring the continent’s internet community together under one domain, uniting Africa’s digital landscape.

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Liquid Telecom and Intelsat team to expand broadband services

Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school

Liquid Telecom and Intelsat S.A. have announced a new agreement that will introduce high performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid Telecom network. As part of the agreement, Liquid Telecom has committed to dedicated services on the Intelsat 33e satellite.

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Delivering connectivity to the coastal counties of Kenya

Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school

Liquid Telecom Kenya has prioritised delivering connectivity to Kenya’s coast counties, where there is higher income inequality. Find out how Liquid Telecom Kenya has been providing connections to local businesses, county governments and rural banks in Kwale and Kilifi.

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What benefits can Wi-Fi bring to your business

Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school

Liquid Telecom is now helping African businesses deploy and manage world-class Wi-Fi for their customers, through a new partnership with GlobalReach Technology.

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Customer story: Metorex

Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school

Find out how Liquid Telecom is working alongside mining customers such as Metorex to provision networks that can support future high-bandwidth applications, while allowing employees to communicate, collaborate and make decisions in real-time far more easily and effectively.

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Connectivity and ICT as a driver for business innovation in 2017

Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school

In 2013, just after I moved to Kenya, McKinsey published a report ‘Lions go Digital’ in which they concluded that the internet’s greatest impact in Africa is likely to be concentrated in six sectors: financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture, and government.

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Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school in northern Kenya

Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school

Watch our new video to find out how Liquid Telecom Kenya worked alongside BRCK to transform the speeds of the school's new KioKits, helping to bring digital learning to its pupils.

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What is the formula for digital education?

Digital Learning

Heavy expectation has followed digital learning initiatives across Africa, but many have struggled to live up to their promise. Is that about to change?

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Double win for Liquid Telecom at TMT Awards 2016



Liquid Telecom was recognised twice at this year's Telecoms Awards, which is organised by Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) News.

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Behind-the-scenes at the KCB Kenya Rally Championship



In late July, Liquid Telecom Kenya showcased live streaming of the KCB Kenya Rally Championship for the very first time on its YouTube channel.

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Why our network really is the biggest in Africa



Did you know Liquid Telecom's pan-African network stretches over 24,000km? Take a look through our gallery by clicking on the infographic below to discover just how long that really is...

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Free Wi-Fi hotspots continue to make their mark across Kenya



Kenya has long recognised that the future of its economy is digital. And what better way to encourage its citizens to explore digital innovation than by offering them free Wi-Fi hotspots?

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FNB's Yolande Steyn on innovation in banking



FNB's Head of Innovation, Yolande Steyn talks us through why innovation is critical to FNB's success and how it is fundamental to the way the organisation thinks.

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How Liquid Telecom's agreement to acquire Neotel made the headlines worldwide



In case you missed it, Liquid Telecom made a major announcement at the end of June, when it reached an agreement to acquire Neotel.

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Is your business having the innovation conversation?



Innovation has become the corporate buzzword of the decade – so much so that organisations are beginning to lose sight of what it actually means for their business and customers today.

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Helping to deliver higher quality network standards to enterprise customers across Africa

Liquid Telecom is the only pan-African fibre network operator to receive MEF CE 2.0 certification, demonstrating that we comply with the latest and highest international industry standards.

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What are wholesale telecoms operators doing to support Africa's digital future?

Liquid Telecom participated at the first ever Africa Morning at International Telecoms Week (ITW), which brought together leading executives from all over the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing wholesale telecoms operators in the region.

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African businesses are on a digital journey – are you on-board?

African businesses are on an exciting and transformative digital journey. As more services and products move online, new business models are unfolding across the continent – at the heart of which is connectivity.

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Blue-sky thinking from Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak at ITW 2016

The headline act at this year's International Telecoms Week (ITW); the largest meeting point for the global wholesale telecoms community, was none other than Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak.

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5 trends transforming business across Africa

Exciting transformations are underway across Africa, as the continent leapfrogs ahead or plays catch-up with the rest of the world in adopting the latest business trends.

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