Liquid Telecom, the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, has continued to expand in the country rolling out 138 internet of things (IoT) base stations that are meant to ensure connectivity to a majority in Kenya.
The company has seen the number grow from 20 initial base stations they had set up in 2018. The network of the base stations now covers 78% of Kenya’s population. These stations are expected to connect Liquid Telecom’s fiber network in 41 Counties, improving internet speeds, reliability and economic benefits.
According to William Oungo, Head of Government Business, Liquid Telecom, during the 5th Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) summit held in Siaya, the delivery of the base stations was in line with the regional bloc’s resolution on improving ICT infrastructure to enhance service delivery within the LREB member counties.
“Liquid Telecom Kenya has so far connected 41 counties and we are trying to make sure that the right environment for innovation, fields such as data science, machine learning and gaming can also be carried out in the rural counties as well as their commercialization without necessarily having to associate the urban towns with such capabilities,” he said.
Ahead of the summit, key governors from the bloc had signed key partnership deals with foreign investors expected to change the economic fortunes of member counties. With this rollout, Liquid Telecom is helping the counties achieve their economies of scale through improved networks. As well, the company is enhancing customers’ experience as part of their digital journey.
With a fibre network, spanning over 50,000km, Liquid Telecom operates state-of-the-art data centers in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi. This is in addition to leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure, and innovative digital content provision, including Netflix, NBA, TED
and Kwese Play.