Access Kenya Group has announced plans to expand its metropolitan fibre network in Nairobi and Mombasa at a cost of over $ 1.2 million (Kshs 100million) within the next 12 months.
The expansion, which will cover additional areas along Thika Road, Outering Road, Mlolongo and Lower Kabete, is aimed at delivering fast internet speeds to clients in over 100 new buildings as well as furthering the company’s reach to new clients. The number will be an addition to the current 350 plus buildings in Nairobi and Mombasa.
Announcing the expansion roll-out, AccessKenya chief executive Jonathan Somen said the move has been necessitated by the growing demand on the company’s fibre network with more corporate companies connecting to the infrastructure owing to its reliability in the in the market.
Somen noted that the there is ‘massive untapped demand’ for fixed broadband connections for corporate customers in the country and further affirmed that AccessKenya will continue to pursue corporate solutions as its core business as it continues to widen its reach.
“We are continuously expanding our network coverage countrywide. Our entry strategy in new towns is via wireless networks because they allow for faster deployment at a low investment, while still offering excellent service,” said Somen
AccessKenya Group Projects Manager Mr. Ndung’u Njoroge said the planned expansion will cover approximately 40kms in Nairobi and would encompass linkages with the existing network to maintain its integrity, adding that there will be no interruptions on the service to existing clients due to the current design of the fibre network.
“Even in cases where we have to cut and join new cables to existing infrastructure, clients will remain connected courtesy of our multiple connections that we deploy to every terminal point,” stated Njoroge.
He however cited the ongoing road constructions especially along Thika Road as a major challenge noting that there are cases where the infrastructure can be cut soon after being laid if not timed well.
“We don’t want to find ourselves in a situation where we lay the infrastructure and afterwards we are subjected to fibre cuts by road contractors,” said Njoroge.
The announcement follows the firm’s recent announcement on completion of $ 352,941 (Kshs 30 million) system upgrades on its data centre at Nairobi’s Barclays Plaza.