Communications solution provider Liquid Telecom announced that it entered into a partnership with the South Sudanese government to implement the country’s first critical fibre infrastructure.
As per the company’s statement, the network aims at delivering affordable internet access to individuals, businesses and government institutions while helping the country to advance in its efforts towards meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
To this end, the new network will connect South Sudan to the broader East Africa Community (EAC) and to landing stations in Mombasa, Kenya, where it will link to all the major subsea cables, offering onwards connectivity to the US and Europe with significantly reduced latency.
In a first project phase already completed in January 2020, the project partners implemented a 200 km fibre backbone connecting the border of Uganda through Nimule to South Sudan’s capital of Juba as well as multiple metro clusters in the city itself.
In subsequent project phases, Liquid Telecom is planning to expand Juba’s metro fibre network and to include other cities.