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UK-based data, voice and IP provider Liquid Telecom has announced the launch of two initiatives that the company believes will boost broadband services in Zimbabwe

A Liquid statement said that the company has launched of the country’s first direct fibre connection to the West African Cable System (WACS) and rolled out an urban fibre network in Harare.

It has built a fibre network in southern Africa providing backhaul between most urban areas and last mile connectivity in the main cities of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa, the statement added.

The company said it believed that its network would be the first to cross country borders and cover parts of the world where no fixed network has existed before.

The Liquid statement added that the company has also built the largest fibre network in Zimbabwe providing broadband voice and data in all the major cities and towns.

Liquid said, “The fibre network is an IAP as well as an ISP in Zimbabwe and provides services for residential, SMEs, large enterprise customers as well as other providers in Zimbabwe.”

The company also revealed that it has assisted Econet Wireless in alleviating congestion on the backhaul network and enabling high-speed 3G data.

Liquid has also started building the first urban network in Zimbabwe which will provide bandwidth speed of up to 20mbps in a number of urban centres.

Liquid Telecom managing director Wellington Makamumre said, “In Zimbabwe no other IAP has managed to achieve what Liquid Telecom has achieved in such a short span of time. 

“Most operators have opted to wait for us to construct the network and then use it for their backhaul purposes.  Liquid Telecom now has a blueprint to deploy urban fibre in other countries.”

The company said that it will be investing heavily in expanding service into new countries to ensure that all countries and operators in central and southern Africa were directly connected.