Facebook and Liquid Technologies have teamed up to create a long-haul and metro fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the companies, regional connectivity is in high demand across Central Africa, and the cooperation is projected to boost internet access for nearly 30 million people.
According to the agreement, Facebook will contribute to fibre construction and network design. The fibre network will be owned, built, and operated by Liquid Technologies, providing wholesale services to MNOs and ISPs. In addition, the network will help develop a digital corridor from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, passing through the world’s second-largest rainforest after the Amazon, the Congo Rainforest.
For more than two years, Liquid Technologies has been working on the digital corridor, which has already reached Central DRC and will connect the DRC to its neighbouring countries, namely: Angola, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The new cable will run from Central DRC to Rwanda’s eastern border, extending the reach of 2Africa. A major undersea cable that will land along both the East and West African coasts, improving connectivity between Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Liquid technologies will also hire around 5,000 workers from the local community to help build the fibre network. “This is one of the most complex fibre projects ever attempted, spanning over 2,000 kilometres of some of the world’s most challenging terrains,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies. “Liquid Technologies and Facebook share an objective of providing affordable infrastructure to address connectivity gaps, and both companies believe the collaboration will have a significant impact on internet access in the region.”