Technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has bridged communications between Kinshasa and Congo Brazzaville after leveraging wireless optical communication technology (WOC) from Project Taara at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, to deliver affordable high-speed connectivity to communities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The high-capacity link will lower the cost of broadband access for millions of people, as, despite a 4.8 km distance between the two regions, Internet connectivity is more expensive in Kinshasa than in Brazzaville, owing to their separation by the Congo river.
The Congo River is the second fastest and deepest river in the world, making it difficult to lay fibre across it, with operators directing traffic through their respective cable landing stations over 400 km away to create high-capacity information flow between them.
A second optical link provides redundancy and resilience to this segment of Liquid’s network.
“As part of a larger initiative to improve broadband access across Central Africa, Liquid has been trying to close this strategic connection over the river for over two years. Now, using innovative technology from Project Taara’s WOC links, Liquid was able to create this connection and accomplish this feat in just a few days,” said Liquid Intelligent Technologies group CEO Nic Rudnick.
Taara’s WOC links use narrow, invisible beams of light to deliver high-speed connectivity capable of transmitting up to 20 GB/s.
“Our work with Taara has allowed us to use WOC technology to provide cost-effective, high-speed connectivity to the people in the two cities, thus ensuring that Liquid can enable economic prosperity by creating a connected future across the African continent despite the difficult terrain.”
“We are delighted to be helping bring more affordable and reliable Internet access to people in Kinshasa. Taara’s mission is to expand global access to fast, affordable Internet and we are proud to be supporting Liquid in their mission to close the connectivity gap between these two cities,” said Project Taara in Africa head Bhavesh Mistry.
Liquid, since early in the year, has successfully brought high-speed connectivity across the DRC, a country that previously ranked 145 globally for Internet access.
“Working with international technology companies has enabled Liquid to extend high-capacity backbone on the continent, especially to its three East to West digital corridors. These investments reaffirm its place as Africa’s premier digital services and infrastructure provider in the DRC and surrounding countries,” Rudnick concluded.