Progress made to connect Cape Town to Cairo

At the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF,) Liquid Telecom announced that administrative progress has been made to connect Cairo-Egypt to Cape Town-South Africa. The project which should be finalised in 2020 will attract more Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to Africa as latency drops from 209 minutes to 97 minutes.

Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom CTO, said that liquid infrastructures in different countries will be used to complement the partnership with other infrastructure providers and regulators. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will facilitate inter-city connectivity and increase intra-Africa broadband traffic.

The youth are expected to benefit most through education, social media and gaming applications, and the Internet of Things will expand to areas such as health agriculture, smart cities, transport and logistics.