Liquid Telecom Inaugurates METISS Subsea Cable Landing Station in KwaZulu-Natal
By Paul Rogers, Intelligent CIO
December 5, 2019
Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, together with a consortium of telecommunication companies, has officially inaugurated the landing station of the Melting Pot Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS) at Umbogotwini in KwaZulu-Natal. The Project is expected to be completed and operational by July 2020.
Dr. Angus Hay, General Manager for Africa Data Centres’ Southern Africa, said: “Everything we do is driven by a simple yet powerful belief that everyone in Africa has the right to be connected. The METISS subsea fibre optic cable underscores the company’s commitment to provide high-speed connectivity to every African on the continent.”
Following an agreement in 2018 with a consortium of telco’s including Canal+ Télécom, CEB Fibernet, Emtel, SRR, Telma, Liquid Telecom South Africa has provided the landing station in KwaZulu-Natal. It will host and manage the submarine cable whilst also providing fibre backhaul to Teraco.
“This partnership with Liquid Telecom is an important step for connecting people and economies of the Indian Ocean islands to South Africa which is among the major internet hubs in Africa,” added Xavier Hemesse, METISS Chairman.
Liquid Telecom has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning almost 70,000km. In South Africa, the company recently unveiled its new core network that offers 99.999% uptime, responding to customer demand for extra bandwidth and vastly improved reliability.