Internet Solutions Kenya (Formerly Access Kenya Group) is investing Ksh 280 million ($2.8m)  to upgrade its fibre access network across the country as demand for fiber internet soars.

The firm has announced that it has hired US-based Telco Systems  to upgrade its entire fibre network in the next 12 months, increasing the service provider’s capacity on the fibre ring to 10GE allwing clients to access multiples of Gigabyte connections at any point on the network.

“In the last two years, there has been a growing demand for capacity and other services layered on connectivity, from our enterprise customers. This new infrastructure has the capacity to support greater bandwidth, Cloud Services and enhance our data centre connectivity”, Said Richard Hechle – Managing Director, Internet Solutions Kenya.

With the upgrade, IS clients can access faster data carrying service on the fibre network and improved service quality.

In the exercise, the IS Kenya network will be fully automated, allowing for the quick provisioning of new and existing services, a simplified deployment of the network and simpler maintenance activities.

The company is looking to leverage the upgraded network to cater for increased demand for data traffic without significantly increasing capital or operational expenditure on a backdrop of ongoing network expansion exercise set to for completion in April 2017 for Kisumu, Eldoret, and Thika at a cost of Ksh.25Million.

“Our key focus is not only expansion but improving resilience on our existing network, and better utilizing the infrastructure we already have. In addition to enhanced connectivity, we shall utilise our infrastructure to deliver benefits of the cloud to our customers including; Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a service (PaaS)” added Richard Hechle.

The firm also recently partnered with Surf.co.ke for the deployment of unlimited internet services and high-speed public Wi-Fi hotspots currently available in Eastlands and the Central Business District of Nairobi with planned roll out across all major cities and towns in Kenya over the next few months.