Liquid Telecom, a pan-African data and IP provider, has taken over Uganda-based Infocom and announced an investment of US$800,000 in a bid to extend its East and Central Africa fiber Internet infrastructure
The fiber cable will reach other multiple rural towns across Uganda, Mukono, Jinja, Masaka, and Mbarara, said Liquid Telecom in a statement.
Hans Haerdtle, CEO of East Africa branch of Liquid Telecom, said, “Fiber represents a completely superior quality of Internet. Utilising Africa’s largest cable network to reach rural towns in Uganda is in line with our vision of fuelling the country’s economic growth.
“Our aim is to achieve better service delivery and improve the country’s Internet penetration, which stands at 133 position globally, with 16.2 per cent of Ugandans currently accessing the Internet.”
Liquid Telecom has increased the number of its Internet points of presence (PoPs) from 11 in 2013 to 30 in 2014. It has also upgraded all its existing PoPs, the company statement added.
Internet PoPs are an access point to the Internet. It is a physical location that houses servers, routers, ATM switches and digital/analog call aggregators.
“Internet infrastructure is a utility, just as electricity lines and water piping are utilities. We are proud to be connecting so many more East and Central Africa towns to fiber Internet and to be making such a significant investment in the region’s Internet backbone,” noted Haerdtle.