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Is ZOL Owned by Econet?

Zimbabwe Online (ZOL), Zimbabwe’s leading internet service provider is owned by Econet Global.  Econet Global’s subsidiary, Liquid Telecommunications, made an acquisition of ZOL back in 2012. ZOL is, therefore, part of the Econet global family through Liquid Telecom. 

However, ZOL was given the right to remain independent in its operations and branding until 2022 when it was rebranded to Liquid Home. 

Who Owns ZOL?

Since ZOL, now Liquid Home is owned by Liquid Intelligent Technologies which is itself a subsidiary of Econet Global, the owner of ZOL is Strive Masiyiwa.

The chief executive officer of Liquid Intelligent Technologies is Nic Rudnick who is the overseer of both parent and child companies. The CEO of ZOL, David Behr, reports directly to the Liquid Telecom CEO and its board of directors. 

What Does ZOL Do?

ZOL, now Liquid Home,  is actually the leading internet service provider in Zimbabwe. ZOL has the biggest user base when it comes to home internet connectivity. They have the fastest and most extensive fibre optic cable network in the country. 

They also offer a host of other connectivity options that include wireless options to service areas that do not yet have fibre optic cable connectivity. Both capped and uncapped services are offered for both home and office use at decent pricing.

Can You Buy ZOL With Ecocash?

You can buy ZOL data packages using Ecocash. This would only make sense as both ZOL and Econet are under the same ownership. Here is how to pay your ZOL bill using Ecocash:

  • Dial *151# to access your Ecocash account
  • Select Pay Bill
  • Select Regular Bill
  • Enter the Amount you wish to pay
  • Enter account number
  • Press send

Upon payment, your ZOL account will be topped up. 

To top-up the Ecocash wallet for this, you can connect your EcoCash wallet to your bank account so you can transfer funds to your EcoCash wallet for the needed transaction.

Are there any Data Centres in Africa?

Are there data centres anywhere in Africa? A data centre is a location that houses networks and computing equipment. The data centre must be capable of storing and processing large amounts of data.  Data centres have become a very relevant technology due to the services provided. They are used for a myriad of critical services.

Data centres have been used to operate power grids, telecommunications transport networks, bank systems, security systems, entertainment, and health. Vast infrastructure relies on data centres.

Components of Data Centers?

Data centres are an essential technology in the 21st century. Like many companies, organizations and individuals go digital. The reliance on cloud services has become more important since transnational organizations need to access information readily where ever they are.  Companies rely more and more on their data stores in the cloud.

Data centres are made up of multiple components. A collection of networking, storage, and processing equipment is used. The equipment can be described as routers, switches, storage systems, servers, and application delivery controllers.

Functions of a Data Center

The data centre has a myriad f uses. Due to the advent of technology, it has become necessary for organizations to store large amounts of data. Hence data centres are useful since they collect and store large amounts of data. The centres are also critical for processing and distributing large amounts of data.

Data centres are critical infrastructures. Businesses that need to maintain an online presence can rely on the services of data centres for their benefit. Through data centres, businesses and organizations can operate efficiently in their daily activities whilst running applications and processing data.

The data centres connect centre servers that are physically and virtually. Storage and extra connectivity to end-users are ensured. The storage infrastructure is also used to manage data users for day-to-day use. The servers process critical data for organizations and companies.

Where Are Data Centers Found in Africa?

Africa has only explored a mere 20% of its connectivity capability. The demand for connectivity is still relatively low; however, the COVID-induced demand for connectivity has increased demand. As such, data centres for organizations and businesses have become even more important.

Regardless of the difficulties faced by many operators in the field. Data centres can be found in Africa.

Africa has 82 colocation data centres. Various companies are on the verge of building more centres in Africa. The centres are established in all regions of the continent. Algeria has 4 centres, Angola with 7, Cameroon 1, Democratic Republic of Congo 1, Ghana 2, Kenya 9, Mauritius 9, Morocco 5, Nigeria 10, Reunion 1, South Africa 26, Tanzania 2, Tunisia 2, Uganda 1, and Zimbabwe 1.

What is Liquid Intelligent Technologies Tanzania?

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is the subsidiary of Econet Global Group. It is a business of Cassava Technologies a parent company to other 8 subsidiary companies of Econet Global. The headquarters for Liquid Intelligent Technologies are in London. 

Liquid Intelligent Technologies was formerly called Liquid Telecoms. The rebrand was to portray the evolution of the company to a leading telecommunications and Technology Company. Liquid Intelligent Technologies is now one of the largest independent telecommunications and technology companies.

The company has played a pivotal role in connecting and linking Africa to the world. Liquid Intelligent Technologies has the largest satellite and fibre optic infrastructure in Africa. 

What is Liquid Tanzania?

Raha Limited was rebranded to Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid Tanzania). It is the leading internet connectivity, service provider. The company is based in Dar es Salaam and has been in operation for the past 13 years providing efficient, reliable, and fast internet connectivity. 

The company is relatively high-tech with cutting-edge technology. Liquid Tanzania has established itself as a reliable internet service for businesses, organizations, and home use.  

Background of Liquid Tanzania

Liquid Tanzania was acquired by the telecom giant in 2017. However, like ZOl in Zimbabwe the company retained its name and structure. As the parent company, Liquid Intelligent Technologies rebranded, it was only a matter of time before Raha was to adopt the name of the parent company. 

Raha was pivotal in bringing the internet to the Southern African state. It launched the dial-up service in 1996. The company further established dial-up access, VSAT services, fixed wireless, cable-based internet, WiMax, and finally fibre optic. 

The company established a 400km metro fibre-optic network throughout the CBD of Dar es Salaam. It has built extensive goodwill as an ISP.    

Operations of Liquid Tanzania

Liquid Tanzania offers Cloud, connectivity, and managed solutions. It provisions WiMax and wifi to retail customers and Iaas, PaaS, and SaaS. Liquid Tanzania operates 150 WiMax and WIFI hotspots established across Tanzania in Arusha, Moshi, Mwanza, Mbeya, and Tanga.

Furthermore, the company offers cross-border internet connectivity solutions. This is facilitated through microwave, satellite mediums, and fibre optics. 

The outfit further provisions e-commerce platforms for business personnel, and the Azure stack. This is courtesy of Liquid Intelligent Technologies being a gold partner with Microsoft. Liquid Tanzania serves more than 2000 businesses in the country. Further, a growing number of retailers are currently affiliating with the service provider.

The massive infrastructure backing Liquid Tanzania will prove pivotal as demand grows in the country. The extensive digital infrastructure and access to data centres will ensure the efficient and reliable customer satisfaction that the Econet Global brand seeks to achieve.

Liquid Telecom Market Share in Africa

Market share refers to the percentage of total revenues of sales in a market or industry that a company makes up. We calculate the market share by dividing its total sales or revenues by the industry’s total sales over a certain period. 

This will give us a rough idea of the size of the company as compared to the industry it is operating in. Therefore, Liquid Telecom’s market share would be the proportion of revenue it gets as compared to the revenue received by the telecommunications industry in Africa as a whole. 

Liquid Telecom Market Share

Liquid Telecom is undoubtedly one of Africa’s largest independent fibre network providers, however, developments are being made for entering outside of the African markets as well. 

This comes forth from the development that was made that Liquid Telecom is past 100,000 kilometres of fibre in Africa as they had 89,989 kilometres of fibre in Africa at the beginning of the year 2021. 

The chief executive officer, Nic Rudnick has said that with the 100,000-kilometre milestone at least 100 million people have been positively impacted by this and 643 towns and cities have been connected as well. 

This has created a very big platform for many people who have never received reliable, efficient Internet connectivity, to actually receive it. 

Liquid Telecom also managed to implement a system in which its customers can access the cloud services which is beneficial for post-pandemic adjustment to a new environment of working from home. 

This is achieved through the cloud and data centres. Nick Rudnick has shared that Liquid Telecom carries 76% peering NCD in traffic within the Africa content delivery network. 

Liquid Telecom has over 250,000 broadband customers and its FTTX now passes over 95,000 homes. This just shows that Liquid Telecom has a very big chunk of Africa’s telecom market share to itself. This has been made evident by the number of customers, enterprises and countries that it caters to, which will later translate to its total revenue. 

Not only is Liquid Telecom blooming in Africa, but in 2012 in the Zimbabwe telecommunications industry, Liquid Telecom has the highest market share of at least 54.2% this just shows excellent excellence!

Other key players in the telecommunications market

In the telecommunications industry, especially in the mobile network service providers, there are other companies doing well such as the likes of MTN, Telkom, VodacomGroup, Orascom telecom, Maroc Telecom, MobinilandSafaricom.

This just proves that Africa as a whole has a much brighter technological future which is going to increase the much-needed standard of life across the continent.

Liquid telecom continues to soar and break glass ceilings by providing very fast very efficient Internet connectivity across the world.

Liquid Telecom London

Although the idea of Liquid Telecom as a company that offers fibre Network connection services was thought out in Harare, Zimbabwe, the headquarters was established in London, United Kingdom. To complement the quality services Liquid Telecom offers to businesses and customers mainly in Africa and other parts of the world, the headquarters was established to look the part. 

Liquid Telecom London has been named the best African wholesale carrier for five consecutive years at the global career awards. 

Liquid Telecom London Location and Contact Details

The Liquid Telecom headquarters is located on the 9th floor, 6 new St square, London EC4A 3BF. Those who wish to contact the office can dial their telephone number 02 071016296 or +4420 7101 6100.

The company is a public limited company as it is also listed on London’s Stock Exchange classified under the industry of telecommunications. The website link for the London office is https://www.liquidtelecom.com. Further information about the company and what it does can be found on the website as well. 

The London Liquid Telecom has over 1000 employees that are there to perform different roles and responsibilities that make up and meet the organisational goals as a whole. 

The office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 AM and is closed on Saturday and Sunday but help with something can be aided by the Liquid Telecom London website link. Directions to get there can be found on Google Maps. Upon arrival, you can go to the receptionist who can assist you with what you need. 

What does Liquid Telecom do?

Liquid Telecom is an Internet Protocol provider that uses fibre optics and provides data and voice services as well. These communication solutions and Internet connectivity are affordable and of very high quality. 

Where Else is Liquid Telecom Located?

Despite having its headquarters being based in London, Liquid Telecom is predominantly located in Africa, therefore Africans get to enjoy these benefits the most. 

 In West Africa, Liquid Telecom is located in Mauritius. In South Africa, Liquid Telecom can be found in Zimbabwe, Harare, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Lesotho.

On the eastern African side, you can find Liquid Telecom offices in Burundi, and Kenya. The company also offers Internet service provider services to 14 other countries, through their partners though.

Are Liquid Telecom and Econet Linked?

Liquid telecom does indeed have links with Econet, and as the old proverb says, an apple never falls too far from the tree, that is the same exact case when it comes to liquid telecom under its parent company, Econet. 

Liquid Telecom has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom. Liquid Telecom is a direct subsidiary of Econet holdings and is listed on the Stock Exchange. 

Liquid telecom subsequently known as liquid intelligent technologies has been responsible for providing a reliable fibre optic link which helps Econet wireless to be able to reach remote areas that it cannot reach on its own. 

Liquid Telecom has then provided a large surface area for Econetwireless to be able to provide its services on a larger,  vast area. Talk about brilliance and effective planning! 

The Relationship Between Liquid Telecom and Econet

Econet wireless was founded by Zimbabwe’s billionaire and business tycoon, StriveMasiyiwa back in July 1998 and has become Zimbabwe’s leading telecommunications services provider. 

It was then listed on the Stock Exchange in the September of the same year it was launched. Econetwanted to be able to cover a really large geographical area and this was to be made possible by implementing a very long fibre network and that’s when liquid telecom was born. 

Liquid Telecom was founded in 2005 as a child of the Econetgroup and in 2009 it managed to launch its border crossing fibre network that has linked the vast majority of southern Africa to the rest of the world. 

Liquid Telecom has therefore been very successful and much more powerful as it managed to acquire Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) which is one of Zimbabwe’s biggest Internet services providers, back in 2012. 

Liquid Telecom has been unstoppable since, despite Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) remaining an independent company in terms of branding and operations.

Who founded Econet and Liquid Telecom?

Having pointed out that liquid telecom is under Econet global, let’s dive into who the brilliant man behind these two empires was. A very prominent, well-respected man who goes by the name of Strive Masiyiwa was the one who founded both Econetand telecom.

He pursued his education at the University of Wales, United Kingdom and that is where he currently resides with his daughters and wife. Strive Masiyiwais Zimbabwe’s first self-made billionaire.

The current group chief executive officer of telecom is NicRudnick who has managed to maintain the standard Masiyiwahad set for his corporation.

So clearly he has had help from the liquid tech executive team that includes the likes of Ahmad Mokhles and Kate Hennessy and other significant executives to get the company to where it is now.

Liquid Telecoms Data Center

Liquid Telecoms is a company that was established in 1997 as Econet Satellite Services. The company handled voice and Satellite services for Econet Wireless. As the parent company grew, so did the services the company’s services and portfolio. As such, it became necessary for the company to reflect its acquired portfolio. In 2004, the company rebranded as Liquid Telecoms.

Liquid Telecoms was on the way to digital supremacy in Africa since it had added telecommunications as a core business facility. In 2009, the company rolled out a massive fibre optic project which was to connect Southern Africa and link the continent to the world. 

The endeavour was a huge success and this was to be followed by the establishment of Africa‘s largest fibre optic infrastructure. More than 100 000km of terrestrial fibre optic cable has been laid down by the company. The enterprise has just linked East and West Africa. 

The newfound capabilities and developments of the company were soon to be followed by the rebranding of the company to Liquid Intelligent Technologies. 

Operations of Liquid Intelligent Technologies

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is the largest independent telecoms and internet services, provider. The company has become a one-stop shop, offering a wide variety of services. The services include data voice and IPs. The company supplies fibre optic, satellite, and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, and businesses. 

The enterprise further offers payment solutions to financial institutions, data storage, and communication solutions which are internet, cloud, and cyber security services. 

The enterprise has been pivotal in the digitization of Africa. 

Data Centres for Liquid Intelligent Technologies

The data centres for Liquid Intelligent Technologies are established under the subsidiary of Econet Global, Africa Data Centres. Africa Data Centres is a pan-African company whose goals are ensuring cheap and reduced costs for African businesses and organizations when it comes to the storage of their critical information. 

The company is a leading provider of interconnected carrier and cloud-neutral data centres. The enterprise is an international choice for cloud and content providers. The company is in a bid to reduce latency through the establishment of Data Centres all over Africa. Africa Data Centres has 9 centres in seven countries. 

The centres can be found In Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa, Harare in Zimbabwe Nairobi, and Kigali. Cumulatively, the area covered by the data centres spans 19 000m² with an overall power consumption of 75MW. 

Currently, the company is working to build 10 more centres across the continent. This is an endeavour to make the African continent more competitive.