Liquid Telecom Injects US$34m in Rwanda Internet Infrastructure

Liquid Telecom Chief Technical Officer East Africa Hans Haerdtle

Uganda National Meteorological Authority and Climate Change Unit have Wednesday signed a collaborative agreement with Agency for Transformation to build and strengthen government and citizens (especially farmers) capability to respond to climate challenges (UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol).

Agency for Transformation CEO Morrison Rwakakamba told Chimpreports that the agreement will strengthen the capability of government of Uganda to deal with climate challenges that especially affect farmers.

He argued that environmentally conscious farmers are a linchpin to managing adjuncts of climate change and deepening integrity of natural resources governance in Uganda.

Uganda’s economy is largely nature-based, viagra buy yet the country loses 224 billion shillings (4 percent of its GDP) to environmental degradation.

The country is losing its forest cover at an alarming rate. Farmers are culprits of this environmental catastrophe.

“Indeed it is small-scale farmers (rather than large corporations) who are wreaking much or the damage on forests, information pills soils and ecosystems, page due to low productivity, poor or absent title, and lack of non-farm opportunities,” said Rwakakamba.

“At the same time, because farmers interact with the environment on a daily basis, they face the brute of climate change with bare hands (limited knowledge, limited access to information and absolute lack of technology on adaptation to climate change),” he added.

“This situation is unacceptable because once equipped with adaptation tools, farmers constitute huge potential for resilience, adaptation and mitigation- even turning climate change into an enduring economic opportunity.”

Rwakakamba said the think-and-do tank has also in effect signed similar agreements with Uganda National Farmers Federation and Eastern Africa Farmers Federation to help put millions of farmers at the center of economic progress.

“As you may be aware, climate change knows no borders, and our engagement with farmers across the region will strengthen adaptation and mitigation capabilities of regional governments,” he said, adding, “For example, the advent of oil exploration and exploitation in Uganda is having and will have deep impact on the business and livelihoods of farmers.”

Farmers’ voice on management of oil and deployment of oil resources is of utmost importance if their enterprises are to survive and grow.

“AfT is currently leveraging these collaborations works to mobilize and provide farmers with information on how the new Uganda (Uganda in the Oil age) will impact on them. This information will continue to stimulate their involvement in shaping their future in a new Uganda.”
The Liquid Telecom Group has announced the expansion and investment plans of its operations in Rwanda which will enable more businesses and homes to access its high-speed broadband service both within Rwanda and surrounding countries.

The Liquid Telecom Group says it has long recognised the advantages of Rwanda’s central African location and role as an Internet services hub for east and central Africa.

Sam Nkusi, order Chairman Liquid Telecom Rwanda, said “We are an ambitious company which is investing heavily in laying new fibre across the nation and direct to people’s doors. We are building a 21st century network which will help our country continue to grow and prosper.”

In June the company announced that it had completed the build of the East Africa Fibre Ring which connects Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and back into Kenya.

This is expected to provide consistently high speeds and continuous uptime across the region.

Over the next two years, Liquid Telecom Rwanda, the wholesale business in Rwanda, will invest a further $34 million laying thousands of kilometres of new fibre across the country and to the borders of neighbouring Burundi, the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The new fibre is expected to enable more businesses and homes to access Liquid Telecom’s broadband service.

In addition, officials say, operators in neighbouring countries will be able to interconnect with Liquid Telecom Rwanda’s network for additional security, backup for Uganda and an alternative routing option through Tanzania.

As part of the expansion plan, and following a successful rollout at Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, Liquid Telecom Rwanda will be the first company in Rwanda to lay extensive Fibre To The Home (FTTH) starting in the capital city of Kigali where it has already built a metropolitan fibre ring.

Homes and businesses in the country have traditionally used a combination of WiMAX, dongles, satellite and mobile broadband but will now be able to connect using fibre laid directly to the premises.

The FTTH service will be available from Liquid Telecom Rwanda’s retail business. It will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps which, combined with unlimited capacity, will provide home connections comparable to large multinational corporations enabling usage such as high definition video, live TV streaming, uninterrupted VoIP calling, real-time online gaming and both uploading and downloading of large files.

Future plans for the FTTH service include offering value-added and OTT services similar to those currently launching in Zimbabwe.


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