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Extended network to connect smaller towns between Lusaka and Victoria Falls

Lusaka, Zambia  - 12 January 2015 – CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia today announced that it is building a new fibre link between Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone, which will provide both retail and wholesale customers with the most reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity available in Southern Zambia.

The estimated cost for the turnkey 500km fibre link build and terminal equipment is US$5 million.  The new link will start in Lusaka, transiting through eight southern circuit towns, including Kafue, Mazabuka, Monze, Choma and Kalomo, terminating at Victoria Falls in Livingstone.

CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia is a joint venture between The Liquid Telecom Group and Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC), a Zambian power transmission, distributing and generating company. Its fibre network – spanning more than 5,000km – is the first fully-redundant network in Zambia, providing SLAs at a level not previously experienced in the country.

The Lusaka – Livingstone Victoria Falls link will provide additional capacity, increased redundancy and route diversity and will cement CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia’s position as the country’s most reliable and consistent broadband provider.

At Victoria Falls, the new link will interconnect with The Liquid Telecom Group’s fibre network in Zimbabwe providing the company with its third route into and out of Zambia.  International access is through the multi-award-winning pan-African fibre and satellite networks of The Liquid Telecom Group, which connect to five different sea cables - WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs.

CEC Liquid Telecom provides IP Transit, MPLS, backhaul, disaster recovery and data protection services to a wide variety of customers including businesses of all sizes including financial institutions and tourism-related companies, Government and academic organisations as well as operators and ISPs.

Andrew Kapula, CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia Managing Director, said “The Southern part of Zambia, along the economic zone from Lusaka via transit towns to Livingstone, has lagged behind in terms of access to quality ICT services. Our new fibre link will provide much needed capacity in the area. We are investing heavily in Zambia as part of our goal to build Africa’s digital future. We believe in the power of connectivity to transform lives and our goal is to connect as many people in Africa as possible.”

Following completion of the Lusaka – Livingstone Victoria Falls link, expected by June 2015, CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia will continue its build to the border towns of Kazungula and Sesheke to link with Namibia and Botswana.


Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.

Multi-award-winning Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest single fibre network which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town, currently spanning over 18,000km across borders and covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before. 

Liquid Telecom’s network provides connectivity onto the five main subsea cable systems landing in Africa; WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs.

Working under various brands, the Liquid Telecom Group has operating entities in Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

The company was named Best African Wholesale Carrier in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at the annual Global Carrier Awards. 

For more information about Liquid Telecom please contact PR representative Bridget Fishleigh – bridget@telecomsprafrica.com, +44 7946 342 903 or skype: bridgetfishleigh


The Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC) is an independent power transmission and distribution company, with interests in closely linked businesses in Zambia and the Sub-Saharan African region, including optic fibre based telecommunications. A member of the Southern African Power Pool and listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange, CEC has operations and projects in Zambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Namibia. 

The Company’s deep insight into the mining industry enables it to provide quality electricity and other power products and services to the majority of the mines in Zambia for over 50 years. CEC is well positioned as a developer of energy infrastructure in Africa and is respected in the region for its skills in designing and operating transmission systems.

The Company owns and operates over 1,000 kilometres of high voltage transmission lines and 41 substations covering all towns in Zambia’s mineral-rich region of the Copperbelt, and owns the Zambian portion of the electricity interconnector with the Democratic Republic of Congo, which enables transportation of power within the Southern African region. CEC accounts for over 50% of Zambia’s power consumption. Through its subsidiary, CEC Africa Investments Limited, the Company’s distribution network in Nigeria covers four states including the Federal Capital, Abuja.

CEC is an independent power generating company with some strategic generating projects in development and in the pipeline from a diversified energy source mix, including hydro, biomass and solar.

For further information about CEC, please contact Chama Nsabika Kalima, Email: nsabika@cec.com.zm, Mobile: +260 966 792 922 or visit our website www.cecinvestor.com. You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cecinvestor and on Twitter @cecinvestor.

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