, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6 – Telkom has completed the first phase of its Sh600 million upgrade project on its national backbone and metropolitan transmission networks.
In a statement, Telkom says the upgrade is part of its modernization program, which has already seen the Telco invest Sh5 Billion, leading to the launch of its 4G network.
This has led to the launch of its 4G network, which is currently available in 32 towns and urban centers across the country and also the doubling of capacity and coverage on its 3G network.
Managing Director, Carrier Services Division, Kebaso Mokogi says the investment in backbone and metro infrastructure will offer faster, more reliable data connections to Telkom customers.
The rehabilitated metropolitan network is designed to provide ultrafast data around key carrier routes in Nairobi, with minimal disruptions.
The project was implemented in preparation of increased data uptake from the increasing penetration of mobile services and high consumption of video content.
“Our strategic intent to becoming the region’s infrastructure provider of choice hinges on providing the right infrastructure that delivers the right value to our customers. This investment is a renewal of our commitment to continue delivering unmatched value to our customers in Kenya and the wider East African region,” says Mr. Mokogi.
The Backbone improvement has created triple redundancy on the route through the use of Telkom’s own fiber, NOFBI (which is the Kenyan Government owned fiber that is managed by Telkom) and via Kenya Power’s overhead cables.
The move is part of Telkom’s efforts to better its stake in high-speed data, serving the local and international ISPs and Service Providers.