AccessKenya Group has announced plans to connect over 20 major towns on its fibre network by close of 2013. Speaking while officially launching the company’s regional office for Rift Valley in Nakuru town situated at Westside Mall, Kenyatta Avenue, AccessKenya MD Kris Senanu said the company is executing a national expansion program so as to benefit from the devolved system of government.
“We have positioned ourselves as the next generation service provider and for us, we are strategically working to deliver specialized IT services to all counties within the next few years,” said Senanu.
Senanu noted there are increased opportunities and growing need for services beyond internet connectivity that are driving the company’s revenues especially from the counties but however called on the government to streamline revenue allocation to the counties saying that if managed well, the county system will create massive job opportunities in the telecommunications sector which will positively impact on the country’s economic growth.
“We are currently exploring strategic partnerships within the telecoms industry and upgrading our redundancy levels to ensure that we have the required infrastructure to deliver these critical services,” he said.
The firm’s move to open new offices is further informed by the rapid expansion of banks, multinational enterprises and other financial institutions which form some of the key target clients for the company as they need specialized IT support from telecommunication service providers and for which AccessKenya is taking the lead.
To date, AccessKenya Group has connected all major towns along the western route covering Naivasha, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kericho and will soon expand to Kitale. The company currently provides services in most of these areas but is now promising to be more aggressive in signing on new customers.
The company has allocated over Kshs 10 million for the remaining two quarters of 2012 towards this expansion program with the aim of creating the required hops to connect towns already on the planned coverage grid. The amount is an addition to Kshs 110 million that was allocated towards fibre expansion in Nairobi region at the start of the year.