MTN Group, the South African mobile telephony giant, says it closed a broadband deal with Liquid Telecom to offer access to the largest fixed and wireless footprint on the African communications landscape including Nigeria.
The partnership spreads across wholesale, carrier-to-carrier, high speed broadband, enterprise and fixed data services offerings of the two companies.
Under the alliance, MTN and Liquid Telecom will jointly access each other’s fixed and wireless networks in countries on the African continent, where one party may not currently have operational presence.
Liquid Telecom says it clicked on MTN Group, Africa’s mobile telephony giant in response to increasing demand from businesses across West Africa for the company’s broadband service.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“The partnership spreads across wholesale, carrier-to-carrier, high speed broadband, enterprise and fixed data services offerings of the two companies. Under the alliance, MTN and Liquid Telecom will jointly access each other’s fixed and wireless networks in countries on the African continent, where one party may not currently have operational presence.” [/blockquote]
Together, Liquid Telecom and MTN will be able to provision networks with complex requirements faster and sell each other’s wholesale, carrier, enterprise and fixed services on the combined network – providing more choice to businesses of all sizes, competitively, the companies annnounced.
“We have a well-deserved reputation in East, Central and Southern Africa, for providing quality broadband to businesses. We are laying 100km of new fibre every week but have decided to partner for the time being in West Africa so that we can immediately meet demand from businesses there,” Nic Rudnick, CEO of The Liquid Telecom Group says.
The additional countries which Liquid Telecom will now have a presence in are Benin, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan and Swaziland.
The agreement with Liquid Telecom gives MTN the ability to service its multinational enterprise customers in Burundi, DRC, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in what the mobile phone company furthers its ambition to be the ICT partner of choice for customers looking to expand geographically.
“This partnership will provide great benefits to our customers. We will be able to leverage each other’s products and services to improve our offerings to carrier and enterprise customers in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In addition, we have the opportunity to offer our customers services beyond our footprint, thanks to the combined footprints of both companies, as well as those of our partners. Furthermore, this partnership reinforces our extensive service offerings in country and internationally,” says Elia Tsouros, MTN’s Enterprise Business Unit Head of Global Sales.
Liquid Telecom’s fibre network spans 20 000km across Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and is complemented by its satellite service for rural areas.
While MTN boasts an extensive connectivity footprint, with points of presence for its Global MPLS network in 22 countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, UK, Netherlands, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Cyprus, Benin, Guinea Conakry, Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana.