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[November 09, 2011]

CEC Liquid Telecom Builds Largest Fibre Network In Zambia Providing Unlimited Broadband Capacity And Reducing Prices

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CEC Liquid Telecom today announced that phase one of its countrywide fibre network in Zambia is now live and providing much-needed broadband connectivity to mobile operators, ISPs, banks and other corporations. Phase one is a fibre link between the capital city Lusaka and the Zambian Copperbelt.

Liquid Telecom is building the largest regional fibre network across Central Africa which will provide backhaul between most urban areas and last mile connectivity in the main cities. It will be directly connected to the submarine cables of Seacom, SAT3, WACS and Eassy The network will provide virtually unlimited broadband capacity within and into Zambia and is already increasing competition and reducing end-user broadband prices by more than 50% in some areas. Liquid Telecom has built the first fully-redundant regional network and, as a result, is able to be the first in Zambia to provide Service Level Agreements,with 99% uptime guaranteed.

Chishala Kateka, managing director of ZAMNET, an ISP in Zimbabwe, said: "This is a very welcome development for the telecommunications industry in Zambia. There is now an additional choice to enable operators such as ourselves to provide exceptional and affordable services to the end users who now expect much faster and more reliable connections.

Created in March 2011, CEC Liquid Telecom is a joint venture between Copperbelt Energy Corporation, a Zambian power company, and Liquid Telecom which is building the largest and most-extensive fibre optic network in Southern Africa covering South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, said: We are investing heavily in the build-out of the largest and most reliable broadband network in Southern Africa. Our fibre networks are being built to last and to provide unlimited capacity for future generations. CEC Liquid Telecom is also setting up a data centre in Zambia for hosting, servers, routers and the equipment of public and private operators. Phase 2 of the network is expected to go live by the end of 2011 and will connect the towns of Chirundu, Ndola, Kabwe and Chililabombwe.

Liquid Telecom will be exhibiting at the AfricaCom show in Cape Town, November 9 10. Booth number C12. Nic Rudnick will be speaking at the show on Thursday 10 November at 1620 on The Role Of Wholesale Carriers In Improving Cost-Effective Connectivity To African Operators.

About Zambia With a population of around 13 million, the telecom market of this land-locked country is dominated by mobile operator Bharti Airtel which has a market share of around 65%. MTN and Zamtel also provide telecom services. The BuddeComm analyst company estimates that mobile penetration is 47%, fixed lines 1% and internet 9%.

About Liquid Telecom www.liquidtelecom.com Liquid Telecom is building the largest broadband network in Southern Africa which will provide connectivity using fibre, satellites and wireless broadband.

By the end of 2011 Liquid Telecom will have laid down more than 8500km of fibre optic cable in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe and plans to build in more countries in 2012 and beyond. This network has access to the submarine cables of East and West Africa for international connectivity.

The fibre network is supplemented by Liquid Telecoms satellite networks which provides connectivity to 18 countries in Africa using both large and small capacity terminals for residential and commercial customers.

Liquid Telecom also provides outsourced transaction switching and point of sale solutions to major international banking groups in Africa and Europe. Established in 2003, Liquid Telecom is a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Group.

For more details please visit http://www.liquidtelecom.com or contact Liquid Telecoms PR representative Bridget Fishleigh bridget@telecomsprafrica.com, +44 7946 342 903, +27 21 813 6725 or skype: bridgetfishleigh ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.presswire.net on the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com)).

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