Sudatel Telecom of Sudan and Liquid Telecom have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build new FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) networks across Sudan.
The partnership will increase the broadband capacity and speeds available to homes and businesses in Sudan, which are currently reliant on wireless networks to access the internet.
(TOP: The MoU was signed by Eng Tarig Hamza Zain Alabdeen, CEO of Sudatel Telecom, and Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom Group CEO, in the presence of Dr Abdul Rahman Dirar, Chairman of the Sudatel Telecom and Sudan’s Minister of Finance and National Economy; Dr. Tahani Abdullah, Sudan’s Minister of ICT; Sam Nkusi, East Africa Chairman of Liquid Telecom; and David Eurin, Group Chief Strategy Officer of Liquid Telecom).
Leveraging Liquid Telecom’s extensive experience in deploying high-speed networks, Sudatel will build FTTH networks in Sudan designed to the highest network standards and using the latest technologies.
Comparable to similar networks deployed in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Rwanda by Liquid Telecom, the new FTTH networks will deliver speeds initially up to 100Mbps. This is expected to transform the way Sudanese businesses and consumers experience and use the internet.
Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, declared: “This partnership between Sudatel and LiquidTelecom paves the way to further expand the penetration of broadband services across Africa, transforming the way people live, learn and work.”
Tarig Hamza Zain El Abdein, CEO of Sudatel Telecom Group, said: “Our partnership with Liquid Telecom will enable us to provide a high-quality FTTH network which will help uplift people’s lives through our region’s economic development. We have a well-framed vision and mission and will continue to work hard to ensure that we maintain our position as one of the most reliable ICT providers in North Africa.”
By investing in Sudan’s telecoms infrastructure, Sudatel and Liquid Telecom will help raise the quality of network services in the country while also increasing competition in the local market.
Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km in Eastern, Southern and Central Africa, where it is delivering quality and affordable broadband to homes and businesses through its FTTH services.
Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom, said: “Liquid Telecom has a proven track record of bringing world-class fibre networks to previously underserved regions of Africa. We are delighted to support Sudatel with its efforts to deliver leading FTTH services to more businesses and consumers in Sudan, which will help grow the country’s digital economy.”
Established in 1993, Sudatel provides both mobile and fixed (voice and data) services to businesses, residents and ISPs across North and West Africa, in addition to the provision of wholesale services to international carriers. Sudatel is partially owned by the Sudanese government and listed on both the Khartoum and Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange markets.