Friday, March 1, 2024

Zambia signs MOU with Liquid Telecommunications to establish commercial data centre and fibre projects for a connected digital future


Zambia has taken a significant step towards a connected digital future after the Ministry of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Liquid Telecommunications (Jersey) Limited. The MOU aims to achieve actionable projects, including the establishment of a commercialized data centre in Zambia.

According to the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Felix Mutati, data is the new gold, and whoever controls data controls the world. Therefore, the establishment of a commercial data centre is crucial towards meeting the private and public sector data hosting needs, and it will enable global internet companies to establish Zambia as a regional data hub.

The MOU also includes the establishment of fibre projects in Zambia, which will strengthen middle mole connectivity between towns and connect citizens better. The fibre projects may include the building of new routes or lighting of dark fibre on existing underutilized fibre assets.

Liquid Technologies will also establish connectivity to schools and healthcare alignment to the ITU/UNICEF led Giga project. The project aims to map schools and plan to connect schools using a mix of fibre, wireless, and satellite technologies, with a focus on execution with a sustainable financing model.

“The free connection to the internet in our various schools will transform the way we deliver education here in Zambia,” said the Minister of Science and Technology.

Liquid Telecommunications Jersey Limited is present in more than 20 countries, mainly Sub-Saharan Africa, and has established itself as the leading provider of pan-African digital infrastructure, with an extensive fibre broadband covering 100,000 km.

“The President has overly emphasized the need for transactions, and today we are transacting,” said Mr Felix Mutati, the Minister of Science and Technology.

The MOU signed between the Ministry of Science and Technology and Liquid Telecommunications Jersey Limited is expected to pave the way for a connected digital future in Zambia and establish the country as a regional data hub.


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