Liquid Telecom is building Africa's digital future. Here we present a series of articles that provide information and insights about Africa's digital journey and the trends shaping the continent.

Introducing Raha CEO Aashiq Shariff

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As Liquid Telecom completes its acquisition of Tanzania’s leading ISP, Raha, we find out more about the company’s innovative thinking and the exciting opportunities emerging in Tanzania from Raha CEO Aashiq Shariff

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The year in pictures – Liquid Telecom 2016

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From the recent acquisitions of Neotel and Raha to our new joint venture in Botswana, 2016 was a big year for the Liquid Telecom Group. Relive all the highlights from our award-winning year.

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Looking ahead to the 2017 Kenya Rally Championship

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Only two weeks to go until the start of 2017 Kenya Rally Championship, when Liquid Telecom will again be supporting rally legend Ian Duncan.

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Top tech trends 2017

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From 3D printed food to the rise of augmented reality, what will be the latest technologies to hit the mainstream in Africa over the coming 12 months?

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A look inside the world's very first droneport

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The sight of commercial delivery drones whizzing through the sky is much closer than you think. And nowhere more so than in Africa, where the world's very first droneport is expected to open in Rwanda next year.

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Liquid Telecom collects prize at first Africa Carrier Awards

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Liquid Telecom was named Best Southern Africa Wholesale Carrier at first ever Africa Carrier Awards.

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Top five payment solution trends in Africa

Mobile and contactless payments are expected to hit $3.6 trillion globally this year, according to Juniper Research. Discover five payment solutions trends that are transforming the way consumers pay for goods and services across Africa.

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Retail and distribution is being changed by new technology – are you benefitting? Or watching others get ahead?

The retail and distribution sector will be one of the major beneficiaries of Africa's growing confidence in technology. But what does the continent need for the likes of delivery drone technology to really take off?

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AfPIF 2016: Spotlight on peering

At the end of this month, Liquid Telecom is once again participating at the annual African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) event, which will this year be hosted in Tanzania.

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Top five innovations transforming banking

Banks worldwide are exploring new technologies and business models that can help them compete in the digital age. From robo advisors and open APIs to blockchain technology, we take a look at five innovations transforming the banking sector.

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Banking on innovation and business transformation

No other industry has faced greater disruption across Africa than banking and finance. With the help of network partners such as Liquid Telecom, however, banks and financial service providers are exploring new business models that will help shape the continent's digital future.

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Innovation Conversation takes off in South Africa

In July, Liquid Telecom brought together some of its enterprise customers in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a morning of discussion. The topic? What else but innovation.

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Preparing for the network technologies of tomorrow

Behind the scenes, there is a lot of work going on by network operators such as Liquid Telecom, to not only make sure networks are in-line with global standards, but that we are ready for the network technologies of tomorrow.

In June, Liquid Telecom played a key role in the first ever MEF Seminar in Nairobi, which was an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with the wider telecoms and tech community in Kenya.

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Technology comes along for the bumpy ride

Rally legend Ian Duncan has seen technology revolutionise the motor sport, during a glittering career which has seen him win the Kenyan Rally Championship an incredible six times. Liquid Telecom gives an update on the all the action from the Kenyan rally season so far, including some very special drone footage.

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Top five most remote locations in Africa served by VSAT

The need for connectivity is often the most critical in remote areas of Africa, where internet penetration remains low or non-existent. Here we look at five examples of where Liquid Telecom's award-winning VSAT is delivering high-speed internet via satellite to some of the most remote corners of the region.

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Customer story: African Sun Group

African Sun Group is one of Zimbabwe's leading hotel chains. With internationally recognised brands and respected home-grown brands, the group operates hotels, resorts, casinos and timeshares in some of the country's prime tourist locations.

Thanks to Liquid Telecom, Africa Sun Group has been able to significantly improve the internet experience for its guests across all 11 of its hotels and resorts, enabling the group to migrate more systems online and better manage its customer internet usage and cost.

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The path to innovation leads through experimentation

What is the shortest and fastest way to implement innovation? There isn't one. Innovation is about trying. Then trying. Then trying again.

In the second instalment of our new innovation blog, we look at how experimenting with new approaches, services and products can lead businesses towards innovation enlightenment.

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Building Africa's digital future in the ground and in the sky

Investment and innovation in satellite services is helping to transform businesses across parts of Africa. Scott Mumford, Group Managing Executive – Satellite & VSAT at Liquid Telecom, explains why satellite is the perfect complement to fibre.

Satellite enables the provision of seamless broadband services to some of the most remote parts of Africa.

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What benefits can Wi-Fi bring to your business

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Liquid Telecom is now helping African businesses deploy and manage world-class Wi-Fi for their customers, through a new partnership with GlobalReach Technology.

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Customer story: Metorex

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Find out how Liquid Telecom is working alongside mining customers such as Metorex to provision networks that can support future high-bandwidth applications, while allowing employees to communicate, collaborate and make decisions in real-time far more easily and effectively.

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Connectivity and ICT as a driver for business innovation in 2017

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In 2013, just after I moved to Kenya, McKinsey published a report ‘Lions go Digital’ in which they concluded that the internet’s greatest impact in Africa is likely to be concentrated in six sectors: financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture, and government.

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Liquid Telecom delivers internet to pupils at remote primary school in northern Kenya

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Watch our new video to find out how Liquid Telecom Kenya worked alongside BRCK to transform the speeds of the school's new KioKits, helping to bring digital learning to its pupils.

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What is the formula for digital education?

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Heavy expectation has followed digital learning initiatives across Africa, but many have struggled to live up to their promise. Is that about to change?

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Double win for Liquid Telecom at TMT Awards 2016



Liquid Telecom was recognised twice at this year's Telecoms Awards, which is organised by Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) News.

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Behind-the-scenes at the KCB Kenya Rally Championship



In late July, Liquid Telecom Kenya showcased live streaming of the KCB Kenya Rally Championship for the very first time on its YouTube channel.

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Why our network really is the biggest in Africa



Did you know Liquid Telecom's pan-African network stretches over 24,000km? Take a look through our gallery by clicking on the infographic below to discover just how long that really is...

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Free Wi-Fi hotspots continue to make their mark across Kenya



Kenya has long recognised that the future of its economy is digital. And what better way to encourage its citizens to explore digital innovation than by offering them free Wi-Fi hotspots?

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FNB's Yolande Steyn on innovation in banking



FNB's Head of Innovation, Yolande Steyn talks us through why innovation is critical to FNB's success and how it is fundamental to the way the organisation thinks.

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How Liquid Telecom's agreement to acquire Neotel made the headlines worldwide



In case you missed it, Liquid Telecom made a major announcement at the end of June, when it reached an agreement to acquire Neotel.

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Is your business having the innovation conversation?



Innovation has become the corporate buzzword of the decade – so much so that organisations are beginning to lose sight of what it actually means for their business and customers today.

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Helping to deliver higher quality network standards to enterprise customers across Africa

Liquid Telecom is the only pan-African fibre network operator to receive MEF CE 2.0 certification, demonstrating that we comply with the latest and highest international industry standards.

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What are wholesale telecoms operators doing to support Africa's digital future?

Liquid Telecom participated at the first ever Africa Morning at International Telecoms Week (ITW), which brought together leading executives from all over the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing wholesale telecoms operators in the region.

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African businesses are on a digital journey – are you on-board?

African businesses are on an exciting and transformative digital journey. As more services and products move online, new business models are unfolding across the continent – at the heart of which is connectivity.

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Blue-sky thinking from Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak at ITW 2016

The headline act at this year's International Telecoms Week (ITW); the largest meeting point for the global wholesale telecoms community, was none other than Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak.

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5 trends transforming business across Africa

Exciting transformations are underway across Africa, as the continent leapfrogs ahead or plays catch-up with the rest of the world in adopting the latest business trends.

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