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Liquid Intelligent Technologies And Facebook To Provide Improved Internet Access For 30 Million DCR Citizens

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July 7, 2021, 2:27 p.m.

Soon, more than 30 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo will have an environment with improved internet access thanks to Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook.

The two partners say they are working on deploying long-haul and metro fiber networks that will address the demand for regional connectivity across Central Africa.

Liquid Intelligent Technologies will own, build, and operate the fiber network and Facebook will contribute funding and support network planning as part of the terms of the partnership.

For the past two years, Liquid Intelligent Technologies have invested efforts to create a digital corridor from the Atlantic Ocean through the Congo Rainforest. That effort has reached the central portion of the DRC.

The corridor project will connect the DRC to its neighboring countries including Angola, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

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The new build will stretch from Central DRC to the Eastern border with Rwanda and extend the reach of Africa, a major undersea cable that will land along both the East and West African coasts, and better connect Africa to the Middle East and Europe.

Additionally, Liquid will employ more than 5,000 people from local communities to build the fiber network.

“This is one of the most difficult fiber builds ever undertaken, crossing more than 2,000 km of some of the most challenging terrain in the world,” commented Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies. “Liquid Technologies and Facebook have a common mission to provide affordable infrastructure to bridge connectivity gaps, and we believe our work together will have a tremendous impact on internet accessibility across the region.”

“This fiber build with Liquid Technologies is one of the most exciting projects we have worked on,” added Ibrahima Ba, director of network investments, Emerging Markets at Facebook. “We know that deploying fiber in this region is not easy, but it is a crucial part of extending broadband access to under-connected areas. We look forward to seeing how our fiber build will help increase the availability and improve the affordability of high-quality internet in DRC.”

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