Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

4G/5G

Internet Solutions taps Liquid Telecom for 5G capacity

Article Image

Liquid Telecom South Africa has struck a deal to provide wholesale 5G connectivity to Dimension Data's Internet Solutions (IS), which wants to offer next gen enterprise mobile services to its customer base.

IS becomes the second SA company to sign a deal Liquid Telecom for 5G services. Earlier this month Vodacom said it will be able to launch 5G services locally this year with the help of its recent roaming agreement with Liquid Telecom, which will give it access to 5G spectrum. (See Vodacom to launch 5G services in SA in 2020 .)

Last month, Liquid Telecom confirmed it was launching a 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa: It is able to do that because it holds a license for spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, which can be used to deliver 5G services. (See Liquid Telecom to Launch First 5G Wholesale Roaming Network Service in SA.)

Liquid Telecom and IS said in a prepared statement that 5G connectivity provides operators and Internet service providers with faster speeds, lower latency and greater capacity which ultimately enables businesses to deliver richer customer experience.

According to Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa, local businesses are adopting technologies like SD-WAN, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, "however, these technologies need network connectivity that provides high quality, increased capacity, and greater reliability to ensure optimum performance."

He said Liquid Telecom was providing Internet Solutions with 5G wholesale services as an alternative to fiber connectivity.

Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa.
Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa.

"Internet Solutions has evolved its networking model to provide a high-performance Hybrid Network that aggregates multiple WAN transport services. This enables clients to fully utilise all available bandwidth for high availability and total application performance," said Internet Solutions managing executive, Dr Setumo Mohapi.

He said that this offers a range of 5G use cases for different industries such as agriculture, retail, manufacturing, logistics and more.

"5G is a core component of our Hybrid Network and we are extremely excited about the extended capability this partnership with Liquid enables us to offer our clients," added Mohapi.

Internet Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group, which is in turn owned by Japanese telecoms company NTT. Headquartered in South Africa, IS has operating offices in Mozambique, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, as well as sales offices in the UK, Singapore and USA.

Liquid Telecom is a pan-African communications solutions provider across 13 countries and has built Africa's largest independent fiber network, approaching 70,000km.

The Staff, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

Five mobility startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five mobility startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

Story

Orange Ventures, Digital Africa promise more funding for startups

Orange Ventures and Digital Africa are teaming up to invest more in tech startups in Africa and the Middle East through Digital Africa's Fuz program and the Orange Digital Center network.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Sponsored video

More videos

Follow us on X

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Upcoming events

Africa Tech Festival 2024
November 11-14, 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.

Story

The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

Story

Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Africa Tech perspectives

Guest Perspectives

Story

How e-mobility could transform Africa's transport sector

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook delves into Africa's e-mobility sector and unpacks the challenges faced locally and the benefits the move to electric vehicles could bring to urban transport systems.

Story

Omdia View: April 2024

By Omdia Analysts

April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up
Tag id test-002