Following Telkom Kenya’s recent completion of a fibre metro loop for Nairobi and its environs, the telco on Thursday announced that it had begun setting up a fibre loop for the city of Mombasa to meet growing demand for faster data by its business and individual customers in the region.
The laying of the new metro loop will connect Mombasa to Telkom’s national broadband backbone that stretches for 10,000 KM and the 1,000KM redundancy backbone between Mombasa and Tororo.
According to the firm’s CEO Mugo Kibati the service provider aims to establish parallel fibre loops in highly populated urban areas within the country to meet the growing demand for broadband by businesses, homes and individuals.
“This demonstrates our commitment to connect the people that keep Kenya on the move with the provision of fast, reliable internet. These metro loops will facilitate access to the internet, which plays an important role in the lives of individuals and businesses. It further serves to entrench our position as Kenya’s preferred data network,” Mr. Kibati said in an official statement.
Mr. Kibati similarly insisted that the capacity will not only enhance customer data experience, but also boost reseller capacity to other telcos and internet service providers across East Africa who purchase from Telkom.
The set-up of metro loops is part of Telkom’s Ksh1 billion plan to expand and optimize Telkom’s network across the country. The network expansion plan includes 3G and 4G mobile connectivity, as well as its Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) Network for enterprise and corporate customers.
Telkom was established as a telecommunications operator in April 1999 and it is 60 per cent owned by Helios Investment Partners, with the remaining stake held by Kenyans through the Government of Kenya. The telco connects people by drawing from a diverse solutions suite that includes voice, data, mobile money as well as network services.
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