CTG to set up more PoPs at Liquid Telecom’s data centres in Jo’burg and Cape Town

China Telecom Global (CTG), a subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation and one of the world’s largest providers of integrated telecom services, and Liquid Telecom, have announced the signing of a strategic partnership whereby they will collaborate to provide Africa and Asia with industry-leading network solutions and services.

The agreement will enable both companies to serve their respective enterprise and wholesale customers with extended network coverage across some of the fastest-growing economies in the two regions.

(TOP: Left-to-Right – Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom; Willem Marais, Group Chief Business Development Officer of Liquid Telecom; Changhai Liu, MD of China Telecom (Africa and Middle East); and Donald Tan, EVP of CTG).

China Telecom Global has already established a Point-of-Presence (PoP) at Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi, and will establish further PoPs at its data centre facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town. CTG and Liquid Telecom will also continue to explore joint service opportunities under the partnership.

Commenting on the agreement, Changhai Liu, MD of China Telecom for Africa and Middle East, said: “With more than 50 countries in the region, Africa is nonetheless the booming new market with the highest development rate just after Asia, and a very important market for CTG. This collaboration will enable both CTG and Liquid Telecom better serve our customers and explore untapped business potential for further development. Under this partnership, we are well positioned to enhance the connectivity and network infrastructure in both regions.”

“This partnership with China Telecom Global reflects the strong global demand for world-class network services across Africa. Our combined service and network capabilities will be of great value to multinationals operating in some of the fastest growing economies across Africa and Asia-Pacific,” said Willem Marais, Group Chief Business Development Officer, Liquid Telecom. 

A signing ceremony was held at Liquid Telecom’s Johannesburg office and was attended by senior representatives from both companies, including China Telecom Global’s EVP Donald Tan, China Telecom (Africa and Middle East)’s MD Changhai Liu, Liquid Telecom’s Group CEO Nic Rudnick and Liquid Telecom’s Group Chief Business Development Officer Willem Marais.

CTG, a subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, has subsidiaries and affiliates in 27 countries and regions, 69 overseas PoPs, and delivers more than 20T in international connectivity bandwidth and intercontinental capacity. CTG also has 38 submarine cable resources, in which CTG was involved in the construction of more than 10 of those cables.

Targeting international carriers, multinational corporation clients and overseas Chinese, CTG provides customized and cost-effective integrated communication solutions and diversified telecom services to cater to their global business needs. Its services include internet direct access, internet transit, data services, broadband, unified communications, internet data centre, cloud computing, ICT services, fixed and mobile voice and value-added services, professional services and industry solutions, telecom operation consultancy and service outsourcing.


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