Liquid Telecom launches Fibre to the home (FTTH) service in Zambia

Andrew Kapula, Managing Director, CEC Liquid Telecom.

CEC Liquid Telecommunications has today launched its Fibre to the home (FTTH) service, over which homes and businesses of all sizes can access superfast broadband with unlimited data packages in Zambia.

The FTTH Service will provide speeds of up to 100Mbps, the fastest broadband ever available in Zambia and indeed throughout Africa.

It will provide Zambians with the Real Internet enabling businesses to use cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365, Dropbox and online backups; as well as video conferencing based on OTT services, like Skype.

For home users, the FTTH service enables the whole family to be online at the same time using multiple devices.

The service, which is branded Fibroniks, is initially available to around 8,000 homes and businesses in Lusaka including the areas of Rhodes Park, Northmead, Long Acres, Sunningdale and Kabulonga.

It is being sold to end-users through ISPs which are authorised CEC Liquid Telecom Resellers.

This year, CEC Liquid Telecom will invest around US$15 million in the FTTH build, which will continue indefinitely and is expected to reach 20,000 premises in Lusaka by year-end.

Services will become available as each targeted area is connected with a likelihood that the build will extend to Copperbelt towns by the end of the year.

An initial pilot project last year received extremely positive feedback from customers who were impressed with both the speed and reliability.

Andrew Kapula, CEC Liquid Telecom Managing Director, said “This is a major milestone in the development of Zambia’s telecoms infrastructure. We believe in the power of connectivity to change lives and will continue to invest in building a high-quality network which will enable our people and businesses to prosper.”

Today’s announcement cements CEC Liquid Telecom’s position as the country’s most reliable and consistent broadband provider. Last month, the company announced a US$5 million investment in building a new fibre link between Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone to provide both retail and wholesale customers with the most reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity in Southern Zambia.

CEC Liquid Telecom is a joint venture between The Liquid Telecom Group and Copper belt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC), a Zambian power generation, transmission and distribution company.

Its nationwide fibre network is the first fully-redundant network in Zambia, providing SLAs at a level not previously experienced in the country.

International access is through the multi-award-winning pan-African Fibre and satellite networks of The Liquid Telecom Group, which connect to five different sea cables – WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs.

CEC Liquid Telecom provides IP Transit, MPLS, backhaul, disaster recovery and data protection services to a wide variety of customers: businesses of all sizes including financial institutions and tourism-related companies, Government and education institutions as well as operators and ISPs.