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Liquid Telecom deploys 3km internet link in 24 hours to livestream Black Panther Premiere from Kisumu

In just 24 hours, Liquid Telecom Kenya has put in a 3km link backhaul to provide internet connectivity and enable live streaming of the Black Panther premiere red carpet arrivals

Nairobi, February 13, 2018


Black Panther Premiere

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has built a 400Mbps connection across Kisumu City in just 24 hours in order to livestream the red carpet arrivals for the movie premiere of Kenya’s Black Panther this evening.

In order to connect the IMAX cinema at Nakumatt Mega City, Liquid Telecom Kenya has leveraged its 12.4km metro network that it built in partnership with Kisumu County Government with the goal of transforming the metropolis into a Smart City. The fibre network covers Kisumu Central Business District and spans through Milimani and Kondele up to Kibos, Kicomi and Migosi Junction.

“Liquid Telecom’s high-end internet infrastructure provides fast and uninterrupted internet connectivity across long distances and now enables us to establish connectivity on demand and in a few hours,” said Justin Orina, Service Delivery Manager at Liquid Telecom Kenya.

Working with the County Government of Kisumu through the Tourism Department, Liquid Telecom Kenya has deployed six engineers to build, establish and test the 400Mbps link instantly, mounting access points in the cinema hall to ensure a continuous link and clear synchronisation of the video stream and audio.

“We are providing a solution that meets the heavy bandwidth needs, allowing hundreds of attendees to seamlessly browse the internet and revolutionising the experience of thousands of online audience on live streams on Facebook and YouTube,” said Orina.

Liquid Telecom is now the country’s single largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), with a purpose-built network across 40 counties, connecting enterprises, institutions, schools and government offices.

“Across all sectors, our infrastructure has positioned us to deliver digital transformation, changing forever the way businesses work and how users experience world-class and exclusive events such as Black Panther Premiere in Kisumu through live streams,” said Adil El Youssefi, Liquid Telecom Kenya’s CEO.

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character in 1966’s Fantastic Four comic books. The Disney movie, opening worldwide on Friday 16th February 2018, tells the story of T‘Challa/Black Panther, the new king of the futuristic and wealth-laden African nation called Wakanda. The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker and Daniel Kaluuya.

The red carpet arrivals live stream will begin at 5pm today, Tuesday 13th February, on the One Vibe Africa and What's Good Studios Facebook pages, capturing the arrivals for the 6pm cocktail at Kisumu’s Mega City that precedes the 7pm premiere movie showing.

Kisumu’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports Achie Ojany Alai has confirmed that Oscar award-winning star Lupita Nyong’o is not due to attend the premiere in person, but has played a key role in scheduling the event in Kenya. Lupita plays a major role in the movie, starring as Nakia, a high-ranking member of the Wakanda royal family.

Lupita has additionally sponsored 1,200 secondary students from the best performing schools in music and performing arts from seven sub-counties in Kisumu to attend the Black Panther Premiere in a bid to nurture young and upcoming arts enthusiasts.

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