Kenya power has plans to extend its fibre optic cable network to improve data connectivity.
The COVID era has forced a lot of companies to work differently than what they are used to and this has put a lot of pressure on companies like Kenya Power and internet service providers. Now more than ever the need to be connected to a fast working internet service provider is a necessity as more people are working from home.
As an attempt to deal with the demand for internet rises in this era Kenya Power plans to lay an additional 600.5 kilometers fibre optic cable network to lease to telcos.
Who is going to do it?
Currently the firm owns more than 4,000 kilometers of the cable and are currently looking for a contractor for this new project that is to take place in 36 months.
The utility firm, which currently owns more than 4,000 kilometres of the cable on its high voltage power lines, is looking for a contractor for the extension programme that will take 36 months.
The company said:
“KPLC fibre optic cable network is growing at a very fast rate to meet internal primary telecommunication needs as well as to serve external customers who lease fibre capacity,”
“KPLC intends to extend its fibre optic cable network to its commercial centres and substations using all-dielectric self-supporting fibre optic cable for improved data connectivity and a small portion with optical ground wire.”
The planned extension comes in the wake of a surge in demand for Internet services as companies continue to direct employees to work from home and people spent most of their time in the houses to lower risks of contracting coronavirus. The cables will be installed below the high and medium voltage power lines.