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Fibre optic cables coming to Somalia

November 13, 2013 | Written by The Grand Signal
Photo courtesy of Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier on Flickr |

An African fibre optic company is bringing broadband internet to Somalia, which has since relied on lower-quality and more expensive satellite connections. Liquid Telecom has agreed with Somalia’s largest mobile operator, Hormuud Telecom, to connect the country to its 17,000 km of network cables.

“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 the CEO of Hormuud, Ahmed Yuusuf.

The company currently offers broadband connectivity in 16 countries, primarily in Africa. They plan on investing an additional $250 million in the following two years to expand its network to western Africa.

via Human IPO

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