Orange Kenya is looking to connect an additional 200 buildings in Nairobi County to its largest technology, the Multi-Services Access Nodes (MSAN) next generation switches before the end of this year, under its Pambazuka transformation programme.
The programme was launched in2012 at the cost of Ksh 1.4 billion and seeks to replace the operator’s transport copper cabling with fibre infrastructure in order to enhance network reliability and reduce its operational expenditure that has been widely caused by vandalism.
Thanks to orange’s connection that is based in the Milimani Exchange in Nairobi, the entire Upper hill area is now connected to the fiber infrastructure. This counts for more than 500 buildings in total countrywide which has been facilitated by the migration of 25 regional switches.
The Milimani Exchange was officially opened by the Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero this morning. The Governor said: “this project can be traced back to early 2013, with a sound financial investment (ksh.1.4 billion) being put to see to the change of transport copper cabling to that of fibre optics, across the country, by 2015.”
Company CEO Mickael Ghossein says that the programme’s key objective is to support the growth of the entire market chain: SME’s large Corporates as well as public sector organizations to cope with their dynamic ICT needs.
He also added that: “Nairobi constitutes about 70 percent of our business market; with the new infrastructure, we have 99.8 percent up time reliability and we are able to re-connect our customers within 24 hours.
Fibre network has more redundancy of service factored into its last component and requires less time to restore unlike the copper infrastructure.