Liquid Telecom and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) have agreed to enter into a joint venture which will create a new telecoms network provider with extensive reach across Botswana.
Liquid Telecom supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes. This agreement will see BPC lease excess optical fibres from its network to Liquid Telecom.
The joint venture, which will operate under the name Liquid Telecom Botswana, will enable BPC to make more effective use of its existing assets, while allowing Liquid Telecom to better serve the network needs of its wholesale and enterprise customers in the region.
BPC owns and operates an optical fibre cable network that is embedded on some of its high voltage transmission lines. This fibre network will be commercialised for the first time in order to provide networks services across the country.
Earier this year, Liquid Telecom also agreed to purchase Neotel, South Africa’s first converged communications network operator, for ZAR6.55 billion, creating the first pan-Africa fibre player.