Liquid Telecom cuts diesel use by one third on carpooling roll out and staff home broadband links

January 24, 2017- Liquid Telecom Kenya cut its diesel usage by almost a third last year with the roll out of a car pooling scheme for staff that has saved on new vehicles and cut the company's diesel bill to Sh9.3m in the second half of 2016, compared with Sh13m for the same period a year earlier.

The transport savings came even as the company's staff, operation, and business expanded.

The carpooling scheme launched by Liquid Telecom Kenya in July 2016 means that sales, technical, and management staff book their work journeys in a new online system, which then groups staff into vehicles traveling to the same area, so that they share vehicles, instead of each using a separate car or van.

"Carpooling is a key element in achieving a sustainable business, and in cutting congestion and air pollution," said Mr Ben Roberts, CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists Nairobi as among the global cities with rising air pollution levels, in a scourge that it estimates is causing more than a million deaths a year, worldwide. In this, car exhaust fumes contribute to 40 per cent of the particulate matter urban air pollution, according to a UN report- 'Actions on Air Quality'.

Excess traffic is also causing human and wildlife fatalities in road accidents, and economic losses from road congestion. A 2016 report by the World Bank estimates that Value of Time (VOT) lost to travel in Nairobi due to the massive traffic gridlocks costs about Sh80-Sh400 million per workday.

In sum, Nairobi residents lose Sh5bn a year on the costs of traffic congestion, according to a study by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Against this backdrop, carpooling has been shown to reduce transport costs for companies, road congestion, travel costs for private users, and air pollution, with each 1600cc litre car on the road generating 200 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

According to research in Colorado, every 100 people who shift to carpooling saves over 1m kg a year of carbon dioxide emissions.
"Taking a few cars off the road may not have an immediate impact on traffic congestion, but as more companies and individuals take up carpooling, overall traffic congestion will decrease, and real savings can be made," said Roberts.

Additionally, the company provides home broadband links to 88 employees using WiMax, Gpon, and Metro fiber to allow its employees to work from home. The staff home broadband links, with a capacity of between 2Mbps and 100Mbps, give employees access to the company servers for reports, and to the company VPN system for the accounts team. Technical personnel are also to access the company's systems on the home broadband links, which is especially important after-hours when they are dealing with emergency calls, or tracking down issues that need to be sorted out immediately, but do not require their physical presence.

"Our 24/7 cover means that we have staff in the office at all times, but we have equipped our specialists to assist with operations without extra travel to the office. Many of our customers are, likewise, using our Internet to empower their staff to work from home, further bringing home how the Internet itself, and e-commerce, can further cut traffic congestion and pollution," said Roberts.
An analysis from sustainability consultancy Carbon Trust suggested that working from home has the potential to save companies $5bn and 3m tonnes of carbon emissions a year through reduced commuting.

Liquid Telecom Kenya has also rolled out a new fleet management system that has meant it has been able to expand its business without adding more vehicles. The company runs a fleet of 63 vehicles of its own, as well as 21 hired vehicles.

"Having introduced products like Hai, there would have been a need for more vehicles to cater for the technicians, sales representatives and engineers. But if we had purchased three additional vehicles our fuel cost would have increased by around Sh60,000 per month," said Erick Nyonjala, Liquid Telecom Kenya Fleet manager.

The company is also adopting new specifications for its hired vehicles, which had ranged from 2000cc to 1500cc engine capacity. It is now replacing these vehicles with new high performance vvTi vehicles with 1500cc engines, low fuel consumption, and low emissions, and has assigned all of the company's cars to departments, rather than individuals, as part of the carpooling set-up.

Carpooling is becoming rapidly more popular globally, giving rise to a crop of new apps and websites to help travelers and commuters organise shared rides. Examples include Travel Buddy and Carrambee.com in Kenya, uGoMyWay, Carpool King and findalift in South Africa, UberPool feature on Uber, Waze app and Lyft Inc. among many others.

"More individuals using the same route to work and companies taking up carpooling makes for a win-win and effective initiative in achieving a greener, healthier world," said Roberts.

Liquid Telecom Kenya has also invested in a telematics system that monitors vehicle mileage and enables scheduling of timely services and maintenance, further reducing environmental pollution through emissions.


About Liquid Telecom
Liquid Telecom Kenya is part of the Liquid Telecom Group, the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa's largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.

Multi-award winning Liquid Telecom has built Africa's largest single fibre network currently spanning over 24,000km across borders and covering Africa's fastest-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before.
Liquid Telecom's network provides connectivity onto the five main subsea cable systems landing in Africa; WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs.

The company was named Best African Wholesale Carrier for the last four consecutive years at the annual Global Carrier Awards.
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East Africa Data Centre (EADC), a subsidiary of Liquid Telecom Kenya, has won Tier III Certification for its data centre, having established its delivery of 100 per cent uptime in its electricity supply, cooling systems, and IT systems.

The certification, from the global Uptime Institute, provides a guarantee of uninterrupted service for the organisations storing data at EADC, which include Google and Facebook, which hold their regional caches at EADC; the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), also housed at EADC, and for the large volume of banking and commercial data stored in the centre.

The data centre becomes the first in East and Central Africa to win the uptime certification.

“This is an important step in data centre guarantees in Kenya and East and Central Africa, as EADC joins the relatively few data centres across the world in gaining the Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification,” said Dan Kwach the EADC General Manager.

Uptime Institute Professional Services is the only firm in the world licensed to rate and certify designs, constructed facilities and ongoing operations against its Classification System and Operational Sustainability criteria, to deliver stamps of assurance that the site management and processes are delivering the guarantee of 100 per cent uptime.

“EADC’s certification is a reflection of its dedication to securing excellence in the realm of data and hosting solutions,” said Uptime Institute President R. Lee Kirby.

The award follows the investment by EADC in a new Kenya Power substation, which saw it move to one of the highest proportions of green energy in the world. The $5m investment has substantially reduced its use of its comprehensive back up power systems, which are diesel powered.

EADC houses 2,000 square metres of secured space for data servers on three floors in the centre, making it the largest data centre in the region, as well as now the most reliable.

About East Africa Data Centre

East Africa Data Centre, a carrier-neutral data centre in Nairobi, is the largest and most sophisticated in East Africa, offering secure and reliable space for dedicated hosting, interconnect services, collocation, disaster recovery, network-based services, applications and cloud services. A Tier 3 data centre, built to international standards, it is the only purpose-built data centre in East Africa.

The data centre, which houses Kenya’s Internet Exchange Point, has been credited by the global Internet Society as a key factor in driving down internet prices in Kenya, to among the lowest in Africa. East Africa Data Centre is an independent company within The Liquid Telecom Group with a dedicated management team.

For more information contact:

Albert Ogeda






BPC and Liquid Telecom enter into joint venture 

October 21 2016 

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Liquid Telecom have agreed to enter into a joint venture. 

The agreement will see BPC lease excess optical fibres from its network to Liquid Telecom, creating a new telecoms network provider with extensive reach across Botswana. 

The agreement was signed by Jacob Raleru, CEO at BPC, and Nic Rudnick, CEO at Liquid Telecom, at a ceremony held in Gaborone. 

The joint venture, which will operate under the name Liquid Telecom Botswana, will enable BPC to make more effective use of its existing assets, while allowing Liquid Telecom to better serve the network needs of its wholesale and enterprise customers in the region. 

BPC owns and operates an optical fibre cable network that is embedded on some of its high voltage transmission lines. This fibre network will be commercialised for the first time in order to provide networks services across the country. 

BPC Board of Directors approved the commercialisation of its network in March 2016, and following a period of competitive bidding, Liquid Telecom was selected as the preferred partner. 

The use of BPC's infrastructure will be granted to Liquid Telecom Botswana under an Indefeasible Right of Use Agreement (IRUA). Rather than taking any rental payments, the capital value of the IRUA will be used to purchase BPC's equity stake, which is 42.5%. Liquid Telecom will be the majority stakeholder in Liquid Telecom Botswana. 

Liquid Telecom Botswana will be making further announcements in due course. 

About Liquid Telecom GroupLiquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa's largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes. In June 2016, Liquid Telecom agreed to purchase Neotel, South Africa's first converged communications network operator, for ZAR6.55 billion, creating the first pan-Africa fibre player.Liquid Telecom has built Africa's largest single fibre network currently spanning over 40,000km, including Neotel's network (pending approvals), across borders and covering Africa's fastest-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before. Liquid Telecom's joint venture with BPC consolidates its lead as the leading broadband and connectivity provider in the sub-Saharan Africa region.Liquid Telecom's network provides connectivity onto the five main subsea cable systems landing in Africa; WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs.Working under various brands, the Liquid Telecom Group has operating entities in Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The company has been named Best African Wholesale Carrier for the last four years at the annual Global Carrier Awards.

About Botswana Power Corporation (BPC)
Botswana Power Corporation, a parastatal utility which was formed in 1970 by an Act of Parliament is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity within Botswana to areas approved by the Government.

The Corporation, within the forty-one years of its existence, has developed from a small, oil-fired power station in Gaborone which was commissioned in 1970 and dismantled in 1989 to two Thermal Power Stations at Morupule situated some two hundred and seventy (270) kilometres north of Gaborone, the capital city. The Power stations are supplied with coal from adjacent Morupule Colliery.

Botswana Power Corporation owns and operates an optical fibre cable network that is embedded on some of its high voltage transmission lines. This optical fibre network is currently being used for the safe and reliable operation of the power system network and for corporate wide telecommunications services.

This optical cable network has some unused capacity that could be used for commercial purposes. This spare capacity then prompted the Corporation to explore ways in which it can commercialize its fibre optic network. This would enable BPC to make more effective use of its existing assets, and to provide a new infrastructure-based network operator to stimulate competition in the Botswana telecommunications market.

For more information about Liquid Telecom please contact PR representative

Bridget Fishleigh –   bridget@telecomsprafrica.com

+44 7946 342 903

or skype: bridgetfishleigh


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