The CEC Liquid Telecom Warehouse yard in Lusaka’s Leopards Hill Road caught an untraceable fire on Monday morning earlier this week causing serious damage to the Internet Access Provider’s stocks housed at that site.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
The property belongs to Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) and houses its telecoms subsidiary, CEC Liquid Telecom’s warehouse. CEC Liquid Telecom is a Zambian division of the Liquid Telecom Group which now has operating companies across the continent in Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the UK.
Liquid Telecom a prominent international wholesale carrier in the telecommunications space has redefined the global trends in data transmission through the provision of an extensive fibre optic network which spans across Africa, linking us to the Far and Middle East via yet another ongoing marine cable project.
The fire was contained outside where it completely burnt ducting used for the company’s Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON) project stored in the yard. The good news reaching our office from the Lusaka Times confirmed that the fire did not penetrate the warehouse.
Investigations to determine the cause of the fire which started before noon, are on-going.
“At this stage, the value of the lost property remains unknown, the assessment of the loss is still being made and the damage is yet to be quantified. The property was insured and services being provided by CEC Liquid Telecom will not be affected,” the company said in a statement released today.
Combined forces of the Lusaka City Council fire brigade and the Zambia Air Force managed to put out the fire around 14:00 Hours.
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