DURBAN– The Cape Town to Cairo high speed fibre network has officially gone live at the 2018 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 2018 Telecom World Conference which is neing held in Durban this week.

Liquid Telecom, the company which started the Cape to Cairo fibre connection said here Tuesday its dream of a one Africa broadband has finally come true. The fibre network links 600 cities and towns across African 13 countries.

Liquid Africa, an independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa which supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses, says it is yet to sign partnerships and memoranda of understanding (MoU) with other African countries which will connect to its fibre network.

Liquid Telecom is directly present in nine of the 13 African countries. The network covers 10,000 kilometres between Cape Town and Cairo and spans more than 60 000 km of broadband fibre.

In 2015, Zimbabwe-based Liquid Telecom signed an MoU with Egypt to enable the company to deliver the Cape to Cairo network. The network connects almost 700 cities and towns along its network and its chief executive officer, Reshaad Sha, said here that going live with the network at the ITU conference had allowed the company to culminate a vision over the last 10 years connecting the whole of Africa.

Sha said high-speed broadband connectivity would improve economic and trade conditions in many cities across the continent. This roll-out …. allows us to connect key cities across the continent to our network, thus enabling us to offer a first-of-its-kind terrestrial network connecting the southernmost tip of the continent to Cairo, he added.

He said the company’s network followed the routes of existing infrastructure with their fibre running alongside roads, railways and even electric power lines. The company would continue to seek partnerships to expand the network and was now working on building network partnerships with West Africa.