Telkom Kenya to create smart landing hub for the region’s sub-marine cables




As part of its new strategic focus, Telkom Kenya has announced it plans to create a future smart landing hub for the majority of sub-marine cables in the region as the telco continues to provide connectivity to all data, entering and exiting Kenya.

This is among the four new strategic focus areas announced by Telkom’s management through a statement from the firm CEO, Mugo Kibati. Others include: to better position the telco’s infrastructure asset base and services, to drive digital transformation within the Consumer, SME, Corporate and Public sectors, to enable them become smart entities; bridging the consumer digital divide; connecting the unconnected through the expansion of our 4G/LTE network, as well as through cutting-edge technologies such as Loon; and up-skilling its employees to be future-fit, to serve the evolving needs of our customers.

(TOP: L-R- Steve Okeyo, MD for Telkom Consumer unit; Kris Senanu, MD for Telkom Digital; Catherine Olaka, the Chief HR Officer, Telkom Kenya; and Mugo Kibati, the CEO of Telkom Kenya). 

Some of sub-marine cables in the region include the East African Marine System (TEAMS), The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION), SEACOM, with the latest cable project being the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1).

“Earlier this month, Telkom’s leadership announced that we had taken the bold decision to carve out a new direction for Telkom. Given our vast infrastructure asset base, terrestrial fibre, and our 4G network, we are confident in this new direction, one that has also been strengthened by the accelerated digital transformation, making both businesses and individuals acutely aware of the need to change how we do things,” stated Kibati.

“This digital transformation is particularly important within the telecommunications sector, creating an increased demand for broadband, connectivity, and digital platforms, by the individual consumer, corporates, and the public sector.”

The new strategic focus areas are aimed to address the current transformational dynamic as well as Telkom’s long-term objectives, as the firm works towards becoming a thriving integrated Telco provider, and the technology company of the future.

Telkom has also restructured its Service Delivery Units into two, with particular respective leads. The Mobile division has now been renamed Telkom Consumer unit with Steve Okeyo as the overall MD of the division while the Enterprise unit has now morphed into Telkom Digital with Kris Senanu as the head. Carrier now becomes Wholesale and Cloud (which falls under Telkom Digital) with George Kebaso Mokogi as the Chief Wholesale and Cloud Officer.

The latest restructuring by Telkom will however lead to no job losses and the firm has even stated that it “will be creating new career growth opportunities as a result of this structural evolution” while “also investing further in its people, with respect to skill development, to deliver our new strategic direction.”

But why was the restructuring necessary at this time?

“This business restructuring will enable Telkom to sharpen its efficiencies, with respect to service provision and overall customer experience. It will also enable us to partner more strategically with like-minded entities, for example, in the telecommunications, technology and financial services sectors. The end game is to be the technology partner of choice to our consumers, private and public sector clients,” explained Kibati.

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