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African businesses will be able to profit from a direct link to the United States through Liquid Intelligent Technologies’ new Internet Point of Presence (PoP) in Miami. It connects to the Liquid network via a South Atlantic subsea cable.
The new network PoP is connected to Liquid’s 100,000km of fiber spanning 11 African nations and another 14 countries via the Operators Alliance Program and Liquid Satellite Services, as part of Liquid’s East-West connection connecting the United States and Asia via Africa. Clients can get access to cloud services, OTT resources, Internet content, and high-quality phone and video communications with business partners as a consequence of this improved link to the United States.
Latency is projected to drop by 100ms to 163ms, according to Liquid Intelligent Technologies, thanks to the Miami PoP and new direct connectivity across the South Atlantic. Cape Town to Miami is now 263 milliseconds via Europe. Thanks to a direct, reduced latency path, the connectivity would be faster and more reliable.
“The new POP in Miami will enable US-based operators, businesses, OTT, Cloud service providers and CDN operators to access 40 data centers across Africa, including nine data centers operated by Africa Data Centres and six operated by Teraco,” said David Eurin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Liquid Sea. “We will be able to interconnect with all our partners in the USA and provide a direct connection to US Internet resources to our Africa customers.”
Equinix’s Miami Data Center
The South Atlantic SACS and MONET underwater cables will link Liquid to Miami through Fortaleza, Brazil, and Luanda, Angola. The network PoP will be housed at Equinix’s Miami data center. Liquid will peer at Equinix Miami Internet Exchange (MI3 in Boca Raton) with access to 116 possible peers, including most of the major U.S. enterprises, to ensure the highest level of service. Through its collaboration with Zayo, Liquid can currently give access to all data centers and millions of destinations in North America.
The new network PoP deployment in Miami follows the recent announcements of a $300 million loan from DFC in the United States and a new equity commitment of over $90 million by the IFC in Liquid’s data center capacity development in Africa through Africa Data Centres. Liquid also announced a collaboration with Facebook to develop a fiber network in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which would increase Internet access for over 30 million people and assist fulfill the rising need for regional connectivity across Central Africa.