Technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies and telecommunications carrier Orange have announced a new partnership to leverage each other's existing networks in Africa, allowing them, as they put it, even greater access and opportunity to build their businesses throughout the continent.
This partnership will give Liquid access to Orange’s extensive network in West Africa, including the new Djoliba network. Launched in late 2020, Djoliba is described as the first pan-West African fibre backbone. It connects the capitals of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal, all of which are natively interconnected with their country’s domestic networks. This will, Orange says, centralise connectivity access for operators and companies.
The agreement will also give Orange access to Liquid’s pan-African network. The One Africa network from Liquid has 100,000 kilometres of fibre backbone and covers most of sub-Saharan Africa. Network development plans include extending the organization's reach into North African countries like Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.
As a result of this access to each other’s networks the two organizations say they will offer end-to-end high-speed connectivity and services across their networks, allowing existing and new customers in over 20 African countries greater access and opportunity to build their businesses. Liquid customers will also benefit from gaining access to cybersecurity solutions from Orange.
This partnership represents another milestone for Liquid and its aim to become a premier African digital services provider. As for Orange, it says that its networks have been the backbone of its success in the region for more than 20 years and this partnership will serve to strengthen its ability to make digital services more accessible as well as enhancing its contribution to the continent’s development as a whole.