AccessKenya primes itself for counties

January 7, 2014
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AccessKenya Group Managing Director Jonathan Somen says, the company has added seven new counties namely Kakamega, Kericho, Machakos, Murang’a, Kiambu,  Embu and Meru onto its fast growing national grid/FILE
AccessKenya Group Managing Director Jonathan Somen says, the company has added seven new counties namely Kakamega, Kericho, Machakos, Murang’a, Kiambu, Embu and Meru onto its fast growing national grid/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – Information Technology (IT) Solutions Provider AccessKenya Group has announced it will connect five new counties to its fibre and wireless network in the first quarter of 2014.

In line for connection are Kisii, Kitale, Narok, Nyahururu and Bungoma counties, as it kicks its expansion plans to connect up to 15 counties this year.

AccessKenya Group Managing Director Jonathan Somen says, the company has added seven new counties namely Kakamega, Kericho, Machakos, Murang’a, Kiambu, Embu and Meru onto its fast growing national grid.

Somen said the company plans to work with county governments and Information Communication and Technology (ICT) managers to tailor and deliver scalable IT solutions.

“We are committed to delivering localized ICT solutions to every county. AccessKenya appreciates that each county has unique ICT needs so we plan to work with county governments and ICT managers to tailor make and deliver scalable IT solutions,” said Somen.

The company is currently digging additional fibre cable extensions in Athi River and the North Coast of Mombasa to add up to its existing 450 Kilometre Ethernet carrier cable.

In July 2013, AccessKenya announced its strategic growth plans into the counties.

Among its milestones in 2013, AccessKenya that seeks to be the preferred one-stop ICT solutions provider for county governments in Kenya won the Machakos County business.

Somen explained that presence in Machakos would allow the company to deploy its expansive expertise and service to the strategic County Government as it crafts its own ICT policies and lays a foundation towards actualising Vision 2030.

In May 2013, ICT services and solutions provider Dimension Data made a Sh3.052 billion offer for the full acquisition of AccessKenya.

Dimensions Data made an open market offer to purchase the 218 million shares of the listed company for Sh14 per share, being a premium of 42 percent above the Sh9.85 closing price of Friday May 3.

AccessKenya Group Board of Directors recommended that its shareholders accept the Sh3 billion Dimension Data bid to take over 100 percent following the formal approval by the Capital Markets Authority after it reviewed a Shareholders Circular from the AccessKenya Group Board.

In August 2013 shareholders of AccessKenya approved the de-listing of the company from the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) following a successful takeover bid by South African based IT firm, Dimension Data.

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