A leading independent data, Liquid Telecom has announced it plans to connect South Sudan to the “One Africa” broadband network, which is approaching 70,000km across 13 African countries and to the rest of the world.
Phase one of the rollout is due to be completed before the end of the year.
Liquid Telecom’s network internet connectivity will be available to nearly 13 million citizens of South Sudan, as well as thousands of businesses, government institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
The country will link to Liquid Telecom’s network across the region which covers the East African Community and a regional intergovernmental organization of six partner states which comprise of Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the Republics of Burundi, United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda.
The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit commenting on the new partnership explained that
“The implementation of this critical fiber 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.
Mayardit further explained that the connection of South Sudan to the global internet is very vital to infrastructure development as it will help to drive inclusive private sector-led growth, improve social mobility, productive employment and enable economic diversification.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of Econet Global and Liquid Telecom, Strive Masiyiwa,
“Liquid Telecom is immensely proud to bring fiber 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”.
He pointed out that South Sudan’s 13 million citizens will be connected to 300 million people across the East African Community.
In addition, connecting South Sudan to the ‘One Africa’ broadband network will help to build Africa’s digital future and champion pan-Africa trade.