• This new route is expected to provide multiple landlocked countries with extra redundancy, resilience, and connectivity to numerous data centres and cloud resources.
• Some of the countries that will be connected include DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Liquid Dataport, a business of pan-African tech company Cassava Technologies, has unveiled its first terrestrial fibre optic cable that connects Mombasa to Johannesburg.
This new route is expected to provide multiple landlocked countries with extra redundancy, resilience, and connectivity to numerous data centres and cloud resources.
Some of the countries that will be connected include DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
It is also expected to provide an alternative option in the event of a sub-sea cable outage between Kenya and South Africa.
Cassava Technologies president and group CEO Hardy Pemhiwa said the route will not only bring increased access to high-speed connectivity but will improve lives and allow businesses to create and sustain millions of jobs.
He said they are committed to making digital inclusion a reality on the African continent.
“This milestone achieved by Liquid Dataport reiterates our commitment to a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind through our continuous investments towards improving and expanding our digital infrastructure,” Pemhiwa said.
The increasing adoption of digital technologies by enterprises across the continent directly results in an exponential demand for connectivity.
Liquid Dataport CEO David Eurin said this first terrestrial-only cable will connect Mombasa to Jo’Burg via DRC.
With this new route, he said, they can provide existing and future customers access to an intelligent network with increased resilience and low latency.
“It not only provides redundancy but was designed to provide additional capacity to the landlocked countries on the route with direct access to cloud resources on the African continent and beyond,” Eurin said.
This route offers hyper scalers, enterprises and wholesale carriers direct connectivity to data centres in Johannesburg and Nairobi.