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AccessKenya expands network to Rift Valley

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 25 – In an effort to extend the fibre optic network in Kenya, data services provider AccessKenya has expanded its network to Kisumu, Eldoret and Nakuru at a cost of Sh10 million per year.

AccessKenya’s Group Managing Director, Jonathan Somen said the Kisumu, Eldoret and Nakuru Point of Presence (PoPs) have been rolled out to cater for the increasing demand from existing clients and the potential the company has identified in the region to attract new clients.

“The PoP will enable the company to connect new clients as well as continue to provide improved and unrivalled value added services to the existing ones,” Mr Somen said.

The three towns have registered 100 new sign-ups per week to the AccessKenya network.

By extending their own PoP to RiftValley and Nyanza provinces, AccessKenya will now offer internet access with fast speeds and direct links to customers in the three towns and their environs.

Mr Somen said customers would also benefit from the company’s high quality fully redundant network and directly interface with reliable customer service. The investment, which will guarantee customers high-speed Internet access is coupled with redundancy via a nationwide fibre network.

“AccessKenya has obtained 2500MB internet capacity each from SEACOM and TEAMS undersea cables and our customers in Kisumu and Nakuru should expect complete redundancy (backup) on these fibre optic cables like all our customers in Nairobi and Mombasa.  Currently, all our customers are enjoying double speeds for the previous prices they paid with 100 percent redundancy on fibre,” Mr Somen explained.

The move is in line with AccessKenya’s fibre implementation strategy to connect all major towns in Kenya with their own PoPs. Previously, the company provided their services to these towns through other carriers.

The establishment of the Western PoP is a culmination of a service improvement process that AccessKenya has been undertaking for the last five months.

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“AccessKenya will continue to actively extend its network to all major towns in Kenya so as to offer new markets and customer data connectivity as well as managed services,” Mr Somen said.

Last year, AccessKenya partnered with Tata Communications, one of the world’s leading carriers of Internet traffic, to host their Tier 1 PoP at AccessKenya’s Nairobi Data Centre providing their customers with the fastest multiple access of internet traffic through TATA’s global network.

The group currently has over 3000 corporate leased lines across Kenya, 3200 residential clients employs in excess of 300 people and has offices in Nairobi and Mombasa with representation in Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Nyeri.

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