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Lusaka, Zambia, 24 February 2015 – CEC Liquid Telecommunications Limited (CEC Liquid Telecom) today launches its Fibre To The Home (FTTH) service, over which homes and businesses of all sizes can access superfast broadband with unlimited data packages.

The FTTH Service will provide speeds of up to 100Mbps, the fastest broadband ever available in Zambia and indeed throughout Africa. It will provide Zambians with the Real Internet enabling businesses to use cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365, Dropbox and online backups; as well as video conferencing based on OTT services, like Skype.

For home users, the FTTH service enables the whole family to be online at once using multiple devices. 

The service is initially available to around 8,000 homes and businesses in Lusaka including the areas of Rhodes Park, Northmead, Long Acres, Sunningdale and Kabulonga.

It is being sold to end-users through ISPs which are authorised CEC Liquid Telecom Resellers.

This year, CEC Liquid Telecom will invest around US$15 million in the FTTH build, which will continue indefinitely and is expected to reach 20,000 premises in Lusaka by year-end. Services will become available as each targeted area is connected with a likelihood that the build will extend to Copperbelt towns by the end of the year.
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An initial pilot project last year received extremely positive feedback from customers who were impressed with both the speed and reliability.

Andrew Kapula, CEC Liquid Telecom Managing Director, said “This is a major milestone in the development of Zambia’s telecoms infrastructure. We believe in the power of connectivity to change lives and will continue to invest in building a high-quality network which will enable our people and businesses to prosper.”

Today’s announcement cements CEC Liquid Telecom’s position as the country’s most reliable and consistent broadband provider. Last month, the company announced a US$5 million investment in building a new fibre link between Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone to provide both retail and wholesale customers with the most reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity in Southern Zambia.

CEC Liquid Telecom is a joint venture between The Liquid Telecom Group and Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC), a Zambian power generation, transmission and distribution company. Its nationwide fibre network is the first fully-redundant network in Zambia, providing SLAs at a level not previously experienced in the country.

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: businesses of all sizes including financial institutions and tourism-related companies, Government and education institutions as well as operators and ISPs.

About The Liquid Telecom Group (www.liquidtelecom.com) 

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.

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 has won multiple awards including 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 

About CEC (www.cecinvestor.com)

The Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (CEC) is an independent power generation, 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 development in Zambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Namibia.

The Company’s deep insight into the mining industry has enabled 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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