International tech company Liquid Technologies and Facebook on Monday announced a partnership to build an extensive long haul and metro fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The fibre network is expected to improve internet access for more than 30 million people and help meet growing demand for regional connectivity across Central Africa, according to a statement issued on Monday.
It said Facebook will invest in the fibre build and support network planning. Liquid Technologies will own, build and operate the fibre network, and provide wholesale services to mobile network operators and internet service providers.
The network will help create a digital corridor from the Atlantic Ocean through the Congo Rainforest, the second largest rainforest after the Amazon, to East Africa, and onto the Indian Ocean. Liquid Technologies has been working on the digital corridor for more than two years, which now reaches Central DRC, the statement read.
This corridor will connect DRC to its neighbouring countries including Angola, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
“This is one of the most difficult fibre builds ever undertaken, crossing more than 2,000 kilometres of some of the most challenging terrain in the world,” Group CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, Nic Rudnick said.
“Liquid Technologies and Facebook have a common mission to provide affordable infrastructure to bridge connectivity gaps, and we believe our work together will have a tremendous impact on internet accessibility across the region.”
This fibre build with Liquid Technologies is one of the most exciting projects we have worked on,” said Ibrahima Ba, director of network investments, emerging markets at Facebook.
“We know that deploying fibre in this region is not easy, but it is a crucial part of extending broadband access to under-connected areas.
“We look forward to seeing how our fibre build will help increase the availability and improve the affordability of high-quality internet in DRC.”
Liquid Intelligent Technologies is present in more than 20 countries in Africa, with a vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind, the company said.