Liquid Telecom plans multi-billion rand 4G network in SA

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Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom.
Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom.

Liquid Telecom SA has announced plans to establish a multi-billion rand 4G network in the country.

In a statement, Liquid Telecom SA says wholesale roaming services will be made available across its network nationwide from early 2019.

Reshaad Sha, Liquid Telecom SA CEO, says, "This is an exciting development which will enable us to provide mobile network operators and ISPs with open access to our mobile 4G network. Using our 1800MHz spectrum, the network will handle 4G mobile data traffic to meet the needs of the most demanding users across the country."

Liquid Telecom, which acquired Neotel from Tata Communications in February 2017, has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa's largest independent fibre network that is almost 70 000km in length and linked to more than 600 towns and cities in 13 countries.

"This milestone builds on a remarkable year for Liquid Telecom. I am encouraged that the momentum will continue into 2019 with South African operators having access to wholesale roaming services across our network for the first time," adds Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom. "Our announcement today, caps a busy and successful year which includes our recent announcement of a $180m investment in Liquid Telecom by CDC Group, the UK's development finance institution. This will enable us to expand our broadband connectivity to some of the most underserved communities across the African continent."

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