Kenya Power, through its subsidiary Kenya Power International owns and operates more than 4,000km in length of fibre optic cable network in Kenya, which it leases to the major telecom players in the country.
Today, the firm announced a partnership with Safaricom to connect more Kenyans to broadband Internet via Kenya’s Power’s electricity distribution network. The deal will see Safaricom lease additional broadband infrastructure built and owned by Kenya Power in order to roll out a “last mile” network, with the aim of connecting more homes to its broadband internet services.
Kenya Power Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ben Chumo, “The agreement will promote development and improvement of additional telecommunications infrastructure for effective and efficient provision of telecommunications services to both public and private institutions through provision of adequate, reliable and competitively-priced fibre networks,” Dr. Chumo concluded.
Safaricom has to date rolled out 3,200km of fibre reaching 7,000 homes, and this deal gives it more opportunities to provide its consumers with fast, reliable broadband services from the comfort of their homes. The project targets more than 12,000 homes in a 12-month pilot to be carried out in residential areas in and around Nairobi.
The collaboration between the two firms will provide valuable lessons into how to scale and speed up the connection of homes and small offices to broadband.
“This collaborative partnership harnesses the strength of both partners to extend a new world of possibilities to our customers, in recognition of the transformative impact of the Internet, “said Bob Collymore, CEO – Safaricom Limited.
He added: “By leveraging on Kenya Power’s electricity infrastructure we will not only be able to accelerate the rate of connection to homes, we will tackle challenges experienced in roll-out of broadband services and reduce the inconvenience caused to Kenyans when we are forced to dig trenches to lay the underground fibre optic cable grid.”