Liquid Dataport Acquires Capacity on Google’s Equiano Cable
In South Africa, Liquid Dataport, a division of Cassava Technologies, will be providing much-needed access to reasonably priced internet. The South African economy will benefit from Liquid Dataport’s acquisition of a pair of fiber cables on Equiano, the new West coast submarine cable, which can deliver up to 12 Terabytes of additional internet capacity. This will enable businesses and individuals to successfully transform into digital enterprises.
The extra capacity complements Liquid Dataport’s current Pan-African fiber network, international satellite connectivity, and subsea cable backbone, which guarantees that businesses on the continent have access to cost-effective and dependable high-speed connectivity – an essential component as they leverage the digital economy. The highest capacity cable landing in South Africa is the Equiano sea cable.
According to David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Dataport, a fundamental barrier to Africans and organizations embracing digital technology is the lack of inexpensive internet connectivity across the continent. However, the new project will foster the development of businesses in South Africa.
“Lack of access to affordable internet connectivity across the continent, be it in the largest cities or the remotest villages, is a significant hurdle for Africans and organisations adopting digital technologies. Therefore, the landing of Equiano capacity by Liquid Dataport in South Africa will significantly foster the development of businesses in Southern African countries through improved access to high-speed connectivity and increased access to digital technologies like Cloud and Cybersecurity, to name a few,” said Eurin.
In South Africa and many other sub-Saharan nations, Liquid Dataport predicts a much-needed decline in internet access costs and an improvement in the quality of service. The spread of connectivity becomes increasingly crucial to success as Liquid’s current and potential customers adopt digital operations to improve customer services.
In addition to Sesimbra (Portugal), Lomé (Togo), Lagos (Nigeria), Swakopmund (Namibia), Rupert’s Bay (Saint Helena), and Melkbosstrand (South Africa), the Equiano undersea cable will land at additional locations in the future. The deal expands the breadth of Liquid’s One Africa Digital Network, and Cassava’s Africa Data Centres will house the Equiano subsea cable equipment from Liquid Dataport. All of Africa Data Centres’ facilities will have access to the Equiano cable system, which will give Liquid Dataport’s customers cheaper access to enormous amounts of capacity. The Equiano landing stations will be connected to Liquid Dataport’s East-West network throughout Africa, significantly boosting its global IP route connecting Asia, Africa, and the USA.
Eurin concludes that the new submarine cable landing project is yet another contribution to Liquid’s continuously expanding Pan-African network, which includes satellite connection, subsea links, and its cross-continent terrestrial fiber network – the largest independent network of its kind in Africa. He noted that it increases the company’s capacity to provide services in areas such as renewable energy, fintech, cyber security, data centers, and more to customers, which include both direct and indirect government agencies, SMEs, and large businesses.