MTN to pay Liquid Telecom for 4G roaming services
Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has secured its first customer MTN South Africa, to offer 4G roaming services to millions of South Africans.
This includes LTE services to fuel the growing demand for high-speed mobile broadband.
The wholesale roaming service will be made available across Liquid Telecom’s network nationwide.
According to Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa: “With MTN as a customer we have an opportunity to utilize our existing spectrum assets, so more people than ever will have access to fast and reliable mobile internet – and across Liquid Telecom’s network nationwide for the first time.”
He added: “This builds on our vision to give everyone the right to be connected by bringing high-speed broadband connectivity to all. The benefits are massive, particularly for organizations keen to fully embrace ‘digital transformation’ to improve productivity, customer service, and performance.”
MTN South Africa CEO, Godfrey Motsa said: “This sort of infrastructure sharing deal is good for the industry, as it reduces the need for excessively high capital investment and it is also good for customers that immediately benefit from even greater access to fast and reliable mobile data.”
He added: “Our focus is offering the very best experience to our millions of customers and by roaming on Liquid Telecom, we are deepening our commitment to continue to be the Best Network in South Africa, through our consistent and reliable network performance.”
This is one more step towards Liquid Telecom ‘Building Africa’s Digital Future” following December’s announcement to offer wholesale 4G roaming services in South Africa, officials said in a statement.
Liquid Telecom has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa’s largest independent fiber network that is almost 70,000km in length and linked to more than 660 towns and cities in 13 countries.
This includes the recent completion of Liquid Telecom’s ‘Cape to Cairo’ network which represents the first direct land-based terrestrial fiber link from Cape Town to Cairo.