Sudatel joins forces with Liquid Telecom to launch FTTH in Sudan

Liquid Sudatel communications africaLeft to right: Tarig Hamza Zain Alabdeen, CEO of Sudatel Telecom Group, and Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom Group CEO. (Photo: Liquid Telecom) Sudatel Telecom Group has partnered with pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom to build new FTTH networks across Sudan for the first time

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the 2018 Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. 

The MoU was signed by Eng. Tarig Hamza Zain Alabdeen, CEO of Sudatel Telecom Group, and Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom Group CEO, in the presence of Dr. Abdul Rahman Dirar, chairman of the board of directors at Sudatel Telecom Group and Sudan’s state minister at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Dr. Tahani Abdullah, Sudan’s minister of communications and information technology, Sam Nkusi, East Africa chairman of Liquid Telecom, and David Eurin, group chief strategy officer of Liquid Telecom.

According to Sudatel, the firm will build FTTH networks in Sudan designed to meet network standards and using the latest technologies. The networks are expected to deliver speeds initially up to 100Mbps and are similar to networks already deployed in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Rwanda by Liquid Telecom, Sudatel revealed.

The new deal will leverage Liquid Telecom’s extensive experience in deploying high-speed networks to increase the broadband capacity and speeds available to homes and businesses in Sudan. Tarig Hamza Zain El Abdein, CEO of Sudatel Telecom Group, said: “Our partnership with Liquid Telecom will enable us to provide a high-quality FTTH network which will help uplift people’s lives through our region’s economic development. We have a well-framed vision and mission and will continue to work hard to ensure that we maintain our position as one of the most reliable ICT providers in North Africa."

Strive Masiyiwa, founder and executive chairman of Econet believes the new deployment is expected to transform the way Sudanese businesses and consumers experience and use the Internet. Masiyiwa said: "This partnership between Sudatel and Liquid Telecom paves the way to further expand the penetration of broadband services across Africa, transforming the way people live, learn and work." 

Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning more than 50,000 km in Eastern, Southern and Central Africa, where it is delivering quality and affordable broadband to homes and businesses through its FTTH services. Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom, stated: "Liquid Telecom has a proven track record of bringing world-class fibre networks to previously underserved regions of Africa. We are delighted to support Sudatel with its efforts to deliver leading FTTH services to more businesses and consumers in Sudan, which will help grow the country’s digital economy." 

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