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Telkom Extends Fibre Network To Mombasa As Data Wars Escalate

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Telkom has announced that it is setting up a fibre loop for Mombasa in an expansion move of it’s data business.

The 1,000 kilometre loop will add to Telkom’s already existing network of 10 kilometres in the country.

Announcing the development, Telkom CEO Mugo Kibati said that the firm intends to set up similar fibre loops in all large towns within the country “to meet the growing demand for broadband by businesses, homes and individuals”.

“These metro loops will facilitate access to the internet, which plays an important role in the lives of individuals and businesses,” said Mr Kibati.

Currently, the company has a 400G fibre capacity on its entire backbone that runs from Mombasa through Malaba to Tororo. The Nairobi carrier metro loop with a design capacity of 10TB is the biggest ethernet carrier across the region.

The set-up of metro loops is part of Telkom’s Ksh1 billion plan to expand and optimize Telkom’s network across the country.

Early this year, The Ministry of ICT, Telkom Kenya and its “DARE 1” (Djibouti African Regional Express) partners concluded the first raft of commercial negotiations in Djibouti, ahead of the implementation of a 4,000km, 36TB Terabyte fibre cable interconnecting Kenya to Djibouti. This will be the largest ever capacity in the country and East Africa region.

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“For broadband revolution to be a reality, the metropolitan bottleneck must be broken with architectural transformations that will enable us convert bandwidth demand into opportunities. As more and more applications are emerging, we must have matching or even better bandwidth in place” added Kibati.

Telkom has positioned itself as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), and is fighting off other established ISP’s such as Safaricom, Zuku, Faiba and Access Kenya.

Recently, the company announced a merger with Airtel, a move that was seen as aimed at fighting arch-rival Safaricom, which enjoys the lion’s market share.

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Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.

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