TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
CEC Liquid Telecom has set aside US$5 million to build a fibre link between Lusaka and Livingstone this year to provide high-speed broadband connectivity for retail and wholesale customers.
The new link will start in Lusaka, transiting through eight southern circuit towns, including Kafue, Mazabuka, Monze, Choma and Kalomo, terminating at Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia managing director Andrew Kapula said the project is expected to be completed by June.
The company is expected to expand the link to the border towns of Kazungula and Sesheke to connect with Namibia and Botswana.
â€œThe southern part of Zambia, along the economic zone from Lusaka via transit towns to Livingstone, has lagged behind in terms of access to quality information communication telecommunication (ICT) services. Our new fibre link will provide the much-needed capacity in the area. We are investing heavily in Zambia as part of our goal to build Africaâ€™s digital future.
â€œThe estimated cost for the turnkey 500 kilometre fibre link build and terminal equipment is US$5 million,â€ Mr Kapula said in a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Thursday.
He said the company believes that power of connectivity could transform lives, adding that â€œour goal is to connect as many people in Africa as possible.â€
The link will provide additional capacity, increased redundancy and route diversity as well as cement CEC Liquid Telecom Zambiaâ€™s position as the countryâ€™s most reliable and consistent broadband provider.
At Victoria Falls, the new link will interconnect with the Liquid Telecom Groupâ€™s fibre network in Zimbabwe providing the company with its third route into and out of Zambia.
CEC Liquid Telecom provides Internet protocol transit, multi-protocol label switching, backhaul, disaster recovery and data protection services to a wide variety of customers including businesses of all sizes including financial institutions and tourism-related companies.
Other beneficiaries are Government and academic organisations as well as operators and internet service providers.
TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka