Orange Kenya is plans on investing over 2.5 billion shillings as it seeks to transform its operation to enhance service delivery and increase market share. This investment is already being realized through strong first quarter performance.
The capital expenditure at rolling out 3G network across the country, expand the national optic fibre backbone and launch the Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN).
“We are putting in more capital to meet growing demand for our service to the market and provide our customers with superior services,” said Mickael Ghossien, CEO Orange Telkom Kenya.
The CEO added that Orange is constructing the national backbone fibre and laying of transport cables across the country in preparation for the launch of internet connectivity through optional fibre networks in Kenya and by extension the region.
The telco will also be constructing and managing the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) on behalf of the government and currently have five operators using the network. They have constructed a total of 5200 km of duct fibre.
Orange Telkom Kenya has built and is operating 3 of the four landing stations for fibre optics which include The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS), Eastern African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) and the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION II).
Telkom Kenya is currently in the second phase of the fixed technology refresh with a roll out of high speed network, supportedby MSAN technology that allows for the aggregation of multiple subscribers on the network.
Ghossein also said that their GSM revenue has grown by 30 percent in the first quarter on an annual basis while the data corporate business grew by 17 percent .