Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has won the award for African Service Provider of the year at the 2018 MEF annual conference, which took place in Los Angeles this week.
The award recognized Liquid Telecom’s leadership in the development and delivery of global, regional, retail, and wholesale services as well as excellence in network and service innovation, LSO strategy, and marketing.
“Winning this award is a great achievement as Liquid Telecom continues to collaborate with customers to connect, innovate and grow throughout their entire digitization journey in a rapid, always-on world. Additionally, it is a confirmation that our approach to always placing our customers at our core works, as we place emphasis on building our “One Africa” broadband network,” said Reshaad Sha, CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa.
The MEF18 conference program focuses on accelerating industry collaboration to encourage a transformational global services framework. The prestigious Awards program, now in its 13th year, is the largest in the world focused on emerging dynamic network services inclusive of LSO, SDN, NFV, SD-WAN, and Ethernet technologies.
“Within Africa, partnering with a digital service provider has become not just necessary, but compulsory. Moving forward we will work closely with our customers to ensure that they operate in industries that are characterised by technology-driven transformation, which is necessary for delivering enhanced levels of customer experience as well as business sustainability,” said Sha.
Liquid Telecom is a communications solutions provider across 13 countries primarily in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa that serves mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media, and content companies and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, hosting and co-location and digital services.
The subsidiary of Econet Global, which is owned by the Zimbabwean billionaire and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa, has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km.
It also operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Nairobi, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 80 MW of power.