By Winfred Kuria, AllAfrica.com

Landlocked countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa are set to benefit from affordable Internet services after the construction of a new subsea cable.

The project by Liquid Sea, a subsidiary of Liquid Telkom, will run approximately 10,000km of cable from South Africa to the Middle East through its Pan African terrestrial network.

It will connect Africa to the Middle East and Europe and aims to provide sufficient and affordable internet by 2017.

With up to 10 times the capacity of existing submarine cables in the region, Liquid Sea is targeting to provide governments, businesses, schools and homes with high technology Internet connection.

“The Liquid Sea project reaffirms our commitment to building Africa’s digital future and removing any bottlenecks in providing the fastest and most reliable access to the Internet to every single African on the continent.” said Liquid Telecom Group CEO, Nic Rudnick.

Mr Rudnick also confirmed the request for tender (RFT) had been issued to international companies involved in the construction of submarine cables.

The fully funded project will include landing stations in several ports that are currently not served by existing subsea cables.

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