Liquid Sea: together, building Africa's digital future

A decade ago a quiet revolution began in Africa. A revolution born of the belief that everyone in Africa has the right to be connected.

Liquid Telecom laid down the first fibre-optic cable of its terrestrial network: a crossborder network that is currently over 20,000km long and constantly growing. A service not only for big cities like Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka, Kigali, Kampala and Nairobi -but for all of Africa, from big urban business to remote rural communities.

And now, answering the call of Transform Africa and the Smart Africa Initiative, it is time to take the next step.

To support Africa’s fast-growing need for greater internet and true-broadband Connectivity; Liquid Sea is a new high-capacity undersea fibre-optic cable running the length of Africa’s east coast.

It will connect the existing networks - including all land-locked countries - to the Global Digital Economy and bring a reliable, ultra fast connection for governments, businesses, schools and homes across Africa.

Liquid Sea will also significantly increase the reliability of all of Africa’s digital connections to the world; offering back-up to existing cables, reducing the risk of an outage caused by shipping damage or other issues.

All by taking a less congested route through the Red Sea, where it will connect seamlessly with Europe and all international destinations linking Africa with the world.

Liquid Sea.

Together, Building Africa’s Digital Future

Liquid Sea route

Source: Liquid Telecom, Africa Bandwidth Maps

Our key people

The key people on the Liquid Sea project

Nic Rudnick

CEO, Liquid Telecom Group

Nic Rudnick started Liquid Telecom in 2004 and has played a lead role in the creation of our Pan-African network, which now stretches over 20,000km.

He has been listed in Global Telecom Business Magazine's 100 most influential people in the telecommunications industry for the last three consecutive years – highlighting his dedication to building Africa's digital future. Nic is a well-recognised entrepreneur and legal expert within the industry.

He played a key role in the internationally recognised landmark constitutional cases resulting in end of the monopoly over fixed and mobile line telecommunication services in Zimbabwe, and remains a strong advocate of recognising access to telecommunications as a human right and promoting open access to telecommunications and the Internet across Africa.

Sam Nkusi

Group Executive, East Africa

Sam Nkusi is a former Cabinet Minister for Infrastructure in Charge of Energy and ICT in the Republic of Rwanda and was active in formulating ICT, Regulatory and Energy national policies.

He was involved in several African and global Infrastructure initiatives including dealing with stakeholders, development partners and related funding entities. Sam holds a Masters Degree in engineering from Canada and is professional Engineer with over 30 years progressive executive management in Utilities and the Telecom Industry in Africa and North America. He has served previously on several boards including Rwandatel, MTN and Altech East Africa and local power utilities.

Sam currently serves as Group Executive, East Africa for Liquid Telecom Group and is the Liquid Sea Overseer as well as Chairman for Liquid Telecom Rwanda and Liquid Telecom Kenya.

David Eurin

Chief Strategy Officer

David is responsible for leading the formulation of the commercial strategy in his role as Group Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to Liquid he was a Partner and Head of Africa at Analysys Mason, a management consultancy specialising in TMT.

David has extensive experience in the fixed and mobile telecommunications industry, gained in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa where he advised senior management teams on strategic, regulatory, financial and commercial issues.

Jean-Louis Parmentier

Head of Submarine Infrastructure Development

In recent years, Jean-Louis has been Chief Operating Officer at SEACOM, during the launch of the East African submarine cable system project, as well as various consultancy roles providing support in the fields of international Satellite or Cable telecom services. Prior to Liquid, Jean-Louis was Consultant Africa for Eutelsat Paris and Executive VPN for Globalstar Belgium.

Before that, Jean-Louis was CEO of various international voice and data service companies within African cellular company Telecel International, and later Orascom Telecom. Those entities developed regional networks and services between Africa, Middle East, Pakistan and the rest of the world via satellite, terrestrial and submarine cables.

Willem Marais

Group Managing Executive

Willem has over 20 years’ experience in the telecoms industry and is responsible for all Liquid Telecom’s global wholesale data business across the service provider market.

Prior to joining Liquid Telecom Group, Willem held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at SEACOM, as well as a number of senior management positions with the Siemens Group of Companies.

Willem has a great track record leading negotiations on large-scale wholesale telecommunication infrastructure transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, including the commercialisation of subsea and terrestrial network projects.

Liquid Sea is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liquid Telecom Group

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