In a release by Liquid Telecom, the two mobile and internet service providers have announced today that they will be partnering in providing ‘wholesale, carrier-to-carrier, high speed broadband, enterprise and fixed data services’ in countries where present in Africa.
Nic Rudnick, CEO of The Liquid Telecom Group said, “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.”
Liquid Telecom is currently providing fibre network access in Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and will soon expand its services under this partnership to Benin, Guinea Bissau, Congo Brazzaville, Liberia, Guinea Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Sudan, South Sudan and Swaziland.
MTN has coverage in South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Benin, Guinea Conakry, Congo Brazzaville, Mozambique, Namibia, Cameroon, Zambia and Botswana.
This partnership has been made to improve service delivery to both companies’ enterprise clients in the countries they are both present in, or where one doesn’t but the other exists.
MTN’s Enterprise Business Unit Head of Global Sales, Elia Tsouros, said “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.”
The report also says that ‘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’.
MTN Zambia says the deal is still under review here.