Liquid Telecom was selected as a winner in two categories at the just concluded AfricaCom Awards 2014 taking home the awards for having the Best Pan African Initiative and the Best VSAT Innovation for Africa.
The company had been nominated in the best Pan African initiative category for its East Africa Fibre Ring that connects Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, reverting back to Kenya. The Ring provides interconnection at high speeds across the region.
The fibre ring provides an opportunity for people and businesses across the region to access a reliable and uninterrupted internet connection and achieve continuity in operations between devices.
Award for Best VSAT Innovation for Africa was presented to Liquid Telecom for its shared MPLS Satellite service that services multiple customers across the continent through allowing for splitting of an MPLS channel.
Before this shared service, customers would be required to purchase a dedicated channel through a satellite link for them to use MPLS satellite services.
Liquid Telecom has been involved in various fibre expansion projects across Africa, with a recent announcement for the deployment of GPON technology to support fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in Kenya and Uganda, through Alcatel-Lucent.
The company last month also announced a 34 Million Dollars investment plan in Rwanda to be spread out in the next two years for the implementation of new fibre across the country and to the borders of neighbouring countries.
Liquid Telecom’s FTTH service, which went live in Zambia and Zimbabwe, offers speeds of up to 100Mbps allowing for home usage of live TV streaming, real-time online gaming, high-definition video, VoIP calling as well as the fast upload and download of large files.
Mobile money services were also not left behind in the award ceremony, with Bharti Airtel taking home the Best Mobile Money solution award for its Airtel Money service and Tanzania’s Tigo Pesa taking home the award for Most Innovative Service.
The East Africa Fibre Ring has also seen the company get rewarded for Best African Project in the Global Carrier awards that took place last week, in Amsterdam.