MTN and Liquid Telecoms have partnered to access each other’s fixed and wireless Internet networks in a number of African countries where either party does not currently have presence.
The deal marks an effort to serve multinationals that have operations across the region.
The partnership covers wholesale, carrier-to-carrier, high-speed broadband, enterprise and fixed data services. It will enable MTN to serve its multinational enterprise customers in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Under the partnership, Liquid Telecoms will now have a presence in Benin, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan and Swaziland.
According to Liquid, the partnership is in response to an increasing demand from businesses in West Africa for the company’s broadband service where it does not have presence.
Together, Liquid Telecom and MTN will provide networks with complex requirements faster, providing more choice to firms of all sizes, competitively.
“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,” said Liquid Telecom chief executive Nic Rudnick in a statement.
Liquid’s fibre optics network spans 20,000km across Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe complemented by its satellite service for rural areas.
While MTN has an extensive connectivity footprint with presence in 22 countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, UK, Netherlands, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Cyprus, Benin, Guinea Conakry, Congo Brazzaville, and Angola.
“This partnership will provide great benefits to our customers. We will leverage each other’s products and services to improve our offerings to carrier and enterprise customers in Africa, the Middle East and Europe,” says Elia Tsouros, MTN enterprise business unit head of global sales.