Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has today launched a new Wi-Fi roaming hub that enables operators and ISPs to access its network of public Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa for the first time.
Africa WiFi Hub will allow Liquid Telecom’s wholesale customers to access its public WiFi hotspots, enabling their subscribers to connect to hundreds of locations across five African countries, leveraging the largest independent pan-African fibre network. These include Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with additional markets to be rolled out soon.
By joining Africa WiFi hub, operators can also make their public WiFi hotspots available to some of Liquid Telecom’s Wi-Fi roaming partners, joining a global network of public WiFi hotspots without the need for operators to negotiate their own roaming agreements.
As more local ISPs and operators join Africa WiFi hub, WiFi roaming is set to accelerate across the region, enabling more subscribers to easily and securely connect to public WiFi hotspots and avoid costly data roaming charges.
“Africa Wi-Fi Hub is an important step in bringing together the region’s WiFi networks, reducing cost and complexity for operators and extending coverage for their subscribers,” says Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom Group Chief Technology Information Officer.
“Through our new roaming partnerships, Liquid Telecom will be able to support more subscribers with access to high-quality, reliable connectivity across Africa.”
Liquid Telecom’s roaming partners currently include major Tier 1 carriers, such as BT, as well as leading global Wi-Fi network providers, such as iPass.
Liquid Telecom’s partners and customers can connect to Africa WiFi hub through peering points in Eastern Africa and Southern Africa, with the option to connect to hundreds of locations in one country or join a global network of public WiFi hotspots.
Africa WiFi Hub is also available as a white label service to partners and customers, providing them with brand visibility across all or part of Liquid Telecom’s network.
Liquid Telecom is continuing to grow its network of Africa WiFi hub partners and will be making further announcements shortly.