In a bid to increase capacity to meet the demand for broadband services, as well as address new markets and business opportunities, Liquid Telecom has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to provide it with Gigabit passive optical fiber network and other fiber technologies for the expansion of its networks in both Uganda and Kenya.
The American-French based company will upgrade Liquid Telecom’s Networks with dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) technologies for the use in home and small office markets with high-speed Internet services.
According to Ben Roberts, Group CTO of Liquid Telecom:
“As a company Liquid Telecom is focused on building Africa’s digital future and so we’re always looking to upgrade and expand our networks to best serve the needs of current and future customers. We chose Alcatel-Lucent for this project not only because it is the incumbent supplier, but also for its design expertise in DWDM, excellent GPON market reputation, and for the value and scalability of the solutions.”
The Vice-President of Alcatel-Lucent in Africa Daniel Jaeger, stated that:
“Alcatel-Lucent has a wide range of DWDM and GPON solutions and broad-reaching expertise in these technologies enabling Liquid Telecom to offer ultra-broadband throughout its territory in Africa. We look forward to building upon our relationship with Liquid Telecom in Eastern Africa and other locations throughout the continent.”
Recently Liquid Telecom, announced an investment of UGX 2 bn through it’s Ugandan subsidiary Infocom, to extend its pan African fibre cable infrastructure across Kampala’s Central Business District and to multiple rural towns across Uganda, including Mukono, Jinja, Masaka, and Mbarara.
Alcatel-Lucent supplies telecom equipment to Uganda Telecom, Smile Communications and Orange Uganda.