Liquid’s new Africa-to-Australia cable project with Google deepens its foothold in African tech space

Strive Masiyiwa: African connection

Liquid Technologies is partnering Google to deliver Umoja, a new fibre optic line connecting Africa and Australia, the latest step by Liquid to deepen its foothold in the African digital market.

The new cable route will begin in Kenya and run through Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, including the Google Cloud region, before crossing the Indian Ocean to Australia. Umoja’s terrestrial path through Africa is being built in partnership with Liquid Intelligent Technologies. It also includes access points that will allow additional countries to use the network, according to a joint statement by the companies.

Strive Masiyiwa, chairman and founder of Liquid, says: “Africa’s major cities including Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, and Harare will no longer be hard-to-reach endpoints remote from the coastal landing sites that connect Africa to the world.”

According to Google: “Establishing a new route distinct from existing connectivity routes is critical to maintaining a resilient network for a region that has historically experienced high-impact outages.”

Liquid is a leading provider of pan-African digital infrastructure, with a fibre broadband network covering over 110,000 km. Beyond cable, Liquid has invested in data centres and is now accelerating its presence in the satellite services market. Recently, Liquid Intelligent Technologies announced a distribution partner agreement with Eutelsat Group to distribute Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite services in Africa. This service will rival Starlink, especially for business customers in Africa.

Masiyiwa says the Eutelsat transaction “supports our shared vision to grow world-class enterprises, expand prosperity, and create new opportunities for innovation and efficiencies across the continent.”