Liquid Telecom will introduce and run South Sudan’s first fibre broadband network, connecting across 13 African countries and to the rest of the world.
South Sudan will connect to Liquid Telecom’s network across the region which covers the East African Community, a regional intergovernmental organization of six partner states, the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, and Republic of Uganda.
The Executive Chairman of Econet Global and Liquid Telecom, Strive Masiyiwa, stated, “Liquid Telecom is immensely proud to bring fibre connectivity to South Sudan for the first time. “This modern ICT infrastructure will help address the most pressing challenges within South Sudan, including the urgent need for peace and state building, job creation and improved livelihoods. South Sudan’s 13 million citizens will be connected to 300 million people across the East African Community. Connecting South Sudan to the ‘One Africa’ broadband network will also champion pan-Africa trade and help build Africa’s digital future.”
On the other hand, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, declared, “The implementation of this critical fibre infrastructure is a landmark step in the delivery of affordable communications access to the people of South Sudan, the business community, government and civil society. By connecting South Sudan to the global internet, this important infrastructure development will help improve social mobility, enable economic diversification and drive inclusive private sector-led growth and productive employment. The agreement is also ideally timed, coinciding with the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.”
The first stage of the collaboration inked between the Government of South Sudan’s National Communication Authority and Liquid Telecom will comprise of a 300km fibre working from the border of Uganda, through South Sudan, to Juba.