AccessKenya wants faster Internet, rolls out fiber
AccessKenya Group announced that it has begun to optimize its network in an effort to deliver faster Internet speeds to Kenyans. The new roll-out of fiber will take place over the course of this year and the company said it will increase speeds dramatically.
“The process, which began in late December 2012, involves the conversion of all wireless base stations to fiber-optic links and is expected to increase bandwidth capacity by over 80 percent,” the company said in a statement.
It comes on the back of the Kenyan government pushing for greater infrastructure development of the broadband Internet sector in the country, which has seen a solid rise in penetration in recent years.
The company’s Network Manager Cyril Oluoch said the upgrade “is part of a larger plan to bolster Internet connectivity over vast regions and meet growing demand for WAN services among corporate clients.”
Oluoch added that “the conversion will enable up to one Gbps bandwidth, up from the maximum 200Mbps delivered on its current wireless backhauls.”
According to Oluoch, the move will “also see AccessKenya cap licensing related costs by over 50 percent and allow for greater profit margins on the back of reduced operational expenses.”
The company had spent KES 37 million in fees last year and has around 20 base stations in the country already converted to fiber.