AccessKenya joins Jamii network

February 23, 2010
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – The AccessKenya Group and Jamii Telecommunications Limited (Jamii) on Tuesday announced that AccessKenya will be the first live customer on Jamii’s new fibre network between Nairobi and Mombasa.

This follows conclusion of Jamii’s lease of Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) Dark Fibre between Nairobi and Mombasa.  

Jamii was the first operator to install its own international gateway after the liberalisation of the sector in 2005 and AccessKenya was Jamii’s first customer on that gateway.  The companies have since enjoyed a strong relationship, and this latest agreement is a natural extension of that relationship.

"It is five years since we became Jamii’s first customer on their international gateway and we are delighted that both companies – two of the very few Kenyan owned businesses in the ICT space – have gone from strength to strength over those years in delivering high quality services at affordable prices to Kenyans,” said Jonathan Somen, Managing Director of AccessKenya Group.

“We currently have different national providers for our Nairobi-Mombasa connectivity to TEAMS and SEACOM, ensuring that we have redundancy between the two cables and this allows us to offer the most reliable service in the industry. However, we have been planning to augment this redundancy by having two national connections for each cable between Nairobi and Mombasa, and we have been waiting for Jamii’s new network to go live in order to be able to add this resilience to both of our connections,” Mr Somen said..

He added: This redundancy adds to the extra back up we have put in place with Jamii for our most critical connections to the international web in both Nairobi and Mombasa, where their capacity supplements our own fibre network. Providing multiple paths and therefore redundancy on our links is key to delivering the best possible service to our clients and ensuring we remain ahead of the pack in terms of service and reliability.

C.K. Joshua, Chairman and CEO of Jamii Telecommunications Limited, said: “Following the signing of our agreement with KPLC, we are pleased to announce that our Nairobi-Mombasa intercity network has gone live in record time, supplementing our existing capacity on that route and our existing metro networks covering Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Thika as well as Eldoret and Kisumu metros currently at an advanced stage and scheduled for completion in quarter 1 of this year. We have capacity of 400Gbps between Nairobi and Mombasa which is adequate capacity to transmit all communication requirements between Nairobi, Mombasa and the rest of the world. We shall soon be commissioning another intercity network on the Western route through Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu and Tororo.”

“We are pleased to have AccessKenya as our first customer on the service, having worked with the group for many years. As Jamii continues to roll out national network, we believe that AccessKenya will continue to be our partner on our upcoming routes.”

The AccessKenya Group is Kenya’s first publicly listed ICT company. The AccessKenya Group comprises AccessKenya, Kenya’s leading Corporate ISP, Broadband Access (BLUE), one of Kenya’s largest Data Carrier Network Operators (DCNO), and now AccessIT, one of Kenya’s leading IT services providers. The Group currently has over 3100 corporate leased lines across Kenya, 3500 residential clients employs in excess of 300 people and has offices in Nairobi and Mombasa with representation in Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Nyeri.

It has bought 2500MB each from TEAMS and SEACOM providing 100 percent redundancy to its 6600 clients has laid its own 150kms of fibre covering 250 buildings in Nairobi and has partnered with TATA Communications to host their Tier 1 POP in Kenya.

The Group has also grown on average by 75 percent per year, for the last four years.

AccessKenya has numerous partnerships including Cisco (Premier Partner), Motorola, Oracle, IBM (Premier Business Partner), and Net App Gold Partner.

The Group’s key products include [email protected], Outsource IT, Yello, GO, Broadband Max 2 and Bundu as well as numerous value added services including web hosting, collocation, disaster recovery, antivirus, Antispam, managed services, networking, software and IT services solutions.

Companies within the AccessKenya Group currently hold four licenses from CCK including DCNO, ISP, PDNO, and Local Loop Operator licenses. 

Jamii Telecommunications Limited (JTL) is a wholly owned Kenyan company licensed by the Communications Commission of Kenya as a telecommunications operator under the new Unified Licensing Framework.

Jamii is a leading Carrier of Carrier operator offering reliable network infrastructure for all its clients communications needs, complemented by value-added services developed to increase the client’s quality of experience and manage their CAPEX and OPEX efficiently.

Jamii is also a leading mobile backhaul service provider using its widely deployed fibre networks to provide high-capacity transport services for this application including 2G & 3G.

Jamii has deployed Next Generation Metro Fiber Networks in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Thika based on DWDM/SDH with a backbone capacity of 400Gbps. This infrastructure is a Multi Service Provisioning Platform offering both legacy (TDM) and Next Generation (IP) Services.

JTL has invested in TEAMS and has leased capacity in SEACOM undersea cable.

In a recent customer survey, customers gave Jamii their vote of confidence as their “trusted business partner”.

Jamii is in the process of rolling out fibre to homes and buildings through the GPON network which shall offer Triple Play (voice, video and data) services to its customers via a single access subscription.

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