Econet, Telecom Egypt sign MoU to expand network access across Africa

Strive Masiyiwa (right) and Ahmed El Beheiry (left) signing the MoU.

The Econet Group and Telecom Egypt have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will enable Econet’s Liquid Telecom unit to complete a terrestrial fibre optic network stretching all the way from Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo.

The MoU provides for Telecom Egypt and Liquid Telecom intend to mutually capitalize on opportunities by sharing and utilising their infrastructure in order to maximize monetization of the bandwidth and existing infrastructure along the 60,000 kilometre network.

Under the terms of the MoU, the two companies will also develop a framework for commercial, technical and operational cooperation.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman of Econet and Liquid Telecom, signed the MoU on behalf of Liquid Telecom, while Ahmed El Beheiry, Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt, signed for the company.

The Advisory and Capital Department of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) was Liquid Telecom’s financial adviser for the MoU after Liquid Telecom appointed earlier this year for a series of strategic engagements.

Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa, supplying fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses.

Telecom Egypt, is the first total telecom operator in Egypt, providing all telecom services, including fixed and mobile voice and data services. It recorded revenue of more than $ 1.1 billion in 2017 and employs more than 50,000 people. The company holds a 45 per cent stake in Vodafone Egypt.

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