Will Seacom’s New Country Manager Save It?

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We were wondering if Fibre-optic cable company, SEACOM‘s move to hire Safaricom’s former Senior Manager Joseph Muriithi as its Country Manager for Kenya will help save it.

Mr. Muriithi, the firms former  Network Operations Manager is now the most senior person in the company and will run  the firm’s Nairobi and Mombasa offices. The firm is not hiring a new Network Operations Manager (NOP), as Mr Muriithi will retain his current duties as the firm’s NOP running around to ensure network is on in Africa, Europe and Asia.

The father of two has a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Sunderland (UK) and has received extensive professional training in undersea technology, telecommunications systems, fibre optics terminal systems and mobile telephony.

The ‘Engineer of the Year Award’ 2004 has a 20-year experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked for the likes of Safariocm and as a Telecommunications Engineer at the Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Company.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark Simpson, SEACOM’s CEO, said: “SEACOM has changed the African ICT landscape, and it is now time for us to continue this transformation by driving new services and capabilities into Africa’s service provider market. Joseph’s wealth of experience in the telecommunication industry will be very valuable in enabling SEACOM’s continuing investment in the development of the Kenyan, and by extension Africa’s, Internet landscape”.

SEACOM doesn’t need saving, according to Mr. Muriithi, “As an open access cable system, SEACOM is primed as an ICT enabler to governments, education and private sector enterprises. The east and central Africa region can be effectively and adequately served through the Kenyan entry point. We look forward to an exciting time as the region opens up through this ICT transport superhighway”.

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