In a move to further accelerate its growth across Africa, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and Liquid Telecom Zambia have announced a joint venture to begin construction of a new fibre optic link in Zambia between the capital of Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone at a cost of USD 5 million.
The new link is expected to serve both retail and wholesale customers and will cover more than 5,000km providing its customers across Zambia with more capacity, increased redundancy and route diversity.
According to the Managing director of CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia, Andrew Kapula, the new fibre link will provide capacity in the southern part of Zambia from Lusaka via transit towns to Livingstone, which is an area that has historically not had sufficient access to quality ICT services.
“We are investing heavily in Zambia as part of our goal to build Africa’s digital future,” he said, “We believe in the power of connectivity to transform lives and our goal is to connect as many people in Africa as possible.”
Completion of the new infrastructure is projected to be completed by June 2015 at which time the company is expected to continue working to expand their network connectivity to link with Namibia and Botswana at the border towns of Kazungula and Sesheke.