Somalia may still be a basket case, but it is now a connected basket case. Liquid Telecom says it has built the first fiber link into the country, crossing the border from Kenya and hooking into the fiber network of Hormuud Telecom Somalia (HORTEL).
Of all the places Liquid Telecom could have taken its pan-African network into next, Somalia has to be the least fun to build network in. But with the help of HORTEL, their reach stretches all the way from Cape Town up the east coast of Africa, and nearly to the Red Sea.
Whether fiber connectivity to the the rest of the world via Liquid’s links to SEACOM, TEAMs, EASSY, SAT3 and WACS will make a discernible difference in the country’s ongoing and seemingly insoluble strife is probably a bridge too far. But it certainly can’t hurt, and could help simply by enable other efforts via better communications.
Where to next for Liquid Telecom? Sudan and Egypt perhaps? Or do they start up the west coast soon? They first entered the East African market this past January by purchasing Altech’s network assets there.
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