Somalia gets its first fibre link

 

somaliaLiquid Telecom connects Hortel to its pan-African network. Somalia has a fibre-optic network link with the rest of the world for the first time.

Pan-African network operator Liquid Telecom on Tuesday announced it has built a new fibre link into Somalia via its border with Kenya. Inside the country it connects into local operator Hormuud Telecom’s (Hortel’s) fibre network.

To date, war-torn Somalia has relied on satellite connections into and out of the country.

“The connection of the Hortel network to Liquid Telecom’s international fibre network is a landmark for Somalia and will provide our customers with the fastest and most cost effective communications speeds available,” said Ahmed Yuusuf, chairman and CEO of Hormuud Telecom.

The new link will give Hortel customers access to Liquid Telecom’s fibre-optic network, which crosses 10 African countries and connects with five submarine cable systems.

“We will be providing the people of Somalia with access to the global Internet at higher speeds and with more capacity available than ever before,” said Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom. “Our goal is to connect every person and business in Africa,” he said.