KENYA’S KETRACO SIGNS DEAL TO MANAGE, EXPAND FIBRE OPTIC CABLE NETWORK

NAIROBI, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) has signed a 600 million-shillings (about 5.8 million USc dollars) deal with local telecommunication services company Liquid Telecom to manage its fibre optic cable network and to expand connections to help it utilize its vast infrastructure to diversify its revenue streams.

The 10-year deal will see Liquid Telecom using Ketraco’s transmission line infrastructure to extend its fiber optic cable reach to customers in various parts of the country. Liquid Telecom will begin by upgrading high speed fiber connections to 18 towns already connected to Ketraco’s national grid.

Ketraco was awarded a network facility provider Tier 2 licence by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) two years ago and already operates an optical ground fibre cable network for communication and monitoring of its network.

Ketraco will now manage 92 per cent of the network besides expanding its own fibre optic links to customers using high voltage lines.

The towns of Garissa, Isiolo, Garsen, Lamu, Rabai, Namanga, Meru, Machakos, Makueni, Wote, Sultan Hamud, Mwingi, Konza, Kitale, Eldoret, Kisii and Kisumu will be the first to enjoy high bandwidth when Liquid Telecom begins upgrading its fibre optic cable network.

Under the deal, Ketraco will earn 40 per cent of the revenue while Liquid Telecom retains the rest. Ketraco currently has 1,792 kilometres of high voltage transmission lines that it is targeting to increase to 8,000 km by the year 2020 with concurrent fibre connectivity.

This will include the 400-kilovolt Kenya-Uganda line, the 500-kv Ethiopia-Kenya line and the 400-kv Kenya-Tanzania line to be used to extend fibre optic cable connections to neighbouring countries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK