, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 29 – Safaricom fibre optic footprint has surpassed 5,000km countrywide accessing more than 90,000 households.
Safaricom Regional Sales and Operations Director, Steve Okeyo, says the telco plans to build products on top of the fibre network to diversify its offering.
One of the products is estate surveillance through a partnership with the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association which aims to increase security in member estates with a pilot project launched in Ngei Estate phase 2, Langata.
“We are cognizant of the increasing demand for security both in our homes and the environments we operate in and hence the reason we are happy to partner with KARA to transform lives of residents of the member estates,” said Okeyo.
As part of the project, Safaricom will be sponsoring a surveillance pilot in Ngei Estate phase 2, which is one of the fibre ready estates to help improve the estate’s security.
“We are hoping that through this initiative residents of this estate will continue to enjoy uninterrupted internet connections and also encourage other estates to invest in Home fibre,” said Okeyo.
Safaricom has sponsored a fibre connection to the estate that will be used to power surveillance of the estate’s two gates.
They will also provide internet through one router at each gate and an installation of two cameras at each gate.
To address the power issue, Safaricom has provided a solar kit for each gate which contains a solar panel, a charge controller and a battery.
The estate management and security firm in charge of security will have access to surveillance feeds which will be made possible by Safaricom Cloud services.