Intelligent Data Centres Issue 49 | Page 60


Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Nokia partner to drive innovation and connectivity in Africa

Liquid Intelligent Technologies , a business of Cassava Technologies , a pan-African technology group , has announced that it has partnered with Nokia . Through this partnership , Liquid deployed Nokia ’ s innovative transport network technology in the new terrestrial fibre route connecting Mombasa , Kenya , to Johannesburg , South Africa .

This announcement comes in light of the imminent launch of the new terrestrial data superhighway built by Liquid , connecting Kenya and South Africa . The technology used has allowed Liquid to build its first terrestrial route that will provide 12 terabits of capacity for carriers and service providers in South Africa , Kenya , Uganda , Rwanda , Zambia , Zimbabwe and the DRC . The route , which measures 16,576 km , has been designed to cater to the demand for more capacity from Liquid ’ s hyperscale customers .
Hardy Pemhiwa , Group President and CEO of Cassava Technologies , said : “ As a business of Cassava Technologies , Liquid is committed to enabling a digitally connected future for every business and individual in Africa . We are proud to partner with Nokia as we expand our high-speed fibre backbone on the continent . This investment further demonstrates our commitment towards Africa ’ s inclusive Digital Transformation .”
In addition , the route will provide thousands of businesses and millions of households in many of Africa ’ s landlocked cities , towns and villages with more resilient connectivity and access to numerous data centres and cloud resources . At the same time , providing an alternative option in case of a subsea cable outage between the two countries .
Rajiv Aggarwal , Head of Central East and West Africa ( CEWA ) Market Unit at Nokia , added : “ Nokia ’ s next-generation optical network will enable Liquid Intelligent Technologies to maintain its leadership position and emerge as a preferred partner of organisations requiring massive capacity . We are delighted that our technology and expertise will help Liquid Intelligent Technologies provide the best-in-class digital infrastructure to Africa ’ s enterprises and will play a role in strengthening the digital infrastructure of the continent .”
Shahzad Manzoor Khan , Group Chief Technology Officer , Liquid Intelligent Technologies , said : “ Internet giants , established cloud service providers and other mega-organisations are demanding hyperscale data centres that can support high levels of performance , spikes in demand and redundancy while enabling massive availability . Our new terrestrial fibre corridor is the first of its kind in Africa in terms of distance and capacity .” �
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