Internet subscribers will see a reduction in roaming cost in the region following introduction of a Wi-Fi hub in Africa by telco Liquid Telecom.
The Africa Wi-Fi Hub allows subscribers under the operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) to connect to hundreds of locations in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Plans of rolling out the service in additional markets are under way. Upon joining the hub, the operators make their public Wi-Fi hotspots available to some of Liquid Telecom’s Wi-Fi roaming partners, in turn joining a global network of public Wi-Fi hotspots without the need to negotiate roaming pacts.
Liquid Telcom Kenya chairman Ben Roberts said the new roaming partnerships will ensure subscribers access high quality, reliable Internet across Africa.