On 11 February, Neotel officially became part of Liquid Telecom, marking a new era of investment in Neotel’s network and services across South Africa.
New capital from Liquid Telecom allows Neotel to offer enhanced services for enterprises and consumers, said the company.
Over the coming months, Liquid Telecom plans to make extensive upgrades and expansions to Neotel’s network – delivering greater levels of high-speed connectivity to customers across South Africa.
Neotel’s data centres, which include two tier 3 centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, will also receive improvements.
Neotel’s operations and focus will become pan-African. Its network in South Africa will link with Liquid Telecom’s fibre footprint to offer access via a single connection to over 40,000km of cross-border, national, and metro fibre networks.
This will give Liquid Telecom unrivalled reach across eastern, central, and southern African.
Liquid Telecom and 30% equity partner Royal Bafokeng Holdings have prepared for the integration of Neotel since receiving regulatory approval for the R6.55-billion acquisition in December.
TechCentral reported that a new CEO for Neotel has been found, who will be announced soon.
The report stated that Neotel will discontinue its CDMA network and use its spectrum to offer “a whole new generation of services”.
New Neotel brand
Following the acquisition, Neotel rebranded – with its orange scheme replaced by blue and pink.
Neotel’s head office in Midrand began its transformation this past week, with painters working around the clock to change the building.
Painting on the outside of the building started on Thursday night.