Liquid Pioneers South Sudan's First Fibre Network

The Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has announced that it will implement and operate South Sudan's first-ever fibre broadband network, connecting the nation to the 'One Africa' broadband network, which spans for almost 70,000km across 13 African countries.

According to a statement that was issued by Liquid Telecom, the first phase will be completed before the end of 2019 and will make reliable and affordable internet available for close to 13 million people in South Sudan.

South Sudan will join Liquid Telecom's network in the region which covers the East African Community, namely Kenya, the Republics of Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan.

The Community connects approximately 300 million people and promotes cross-border investment and trade.

Strive Masiyiwa, the Executive Chairman of Liquid Telecom and Econet Global said that Liquid Telecom is very proud to deliver fibre connectivity to South Sudan for the first time. He added that connecting South Sudan's citizens to the 'One Africa' broadband network would also boost pan-Africa trade and assist in building Africa's digital future.

South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, declared that the implementation of this critical fibre network is a huge step in the delivery of affordable internet access to the people of South Sudan.
He said that the agreement is also perfectly timed to coincide with the signing of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan.

The first phase of the contract signed by the Government of South Sudan's National Communication Authority and Liquid Telecom will include a 300km fibre network that operates from Uganda, through South Sudan, all the way to Juba.

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