Telkom Sets Up Fiber Loop in Mombasa to Cater for Increasing Demand

By Korir Isaac / March 21, 2019




Telkom Kenya has begun laying up a new metro fiber loop for Mombasa city to stay ahead of the increase in demand for fast internet connection for businesses and individual persons.

The new fiber loop is set to connect the coastal city, linking it to Telkom’s more than 10,000-kilometre network line and the 1,000-kilometre redundancy backbone between Mombasa and Tororo.

The project aims to enhance internet connectivity while improving the quality of service delivery to customers in Mombasa county and it comes not long after the completion of another fiber metro loop for Nairobi city.

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According to Telkom Kenya’s Chief Executive, Mugo Kibati, Telkom is looking to set up similar fiber loops in all major towns across the country to meet the demand for broadband by businesses, homes, and individuals.

“This demonstrates our commitment to connect the people that keep Kenya on the move with the provision of fast, reliable internet. These metro loops will facilitate access to the internet, which plays an important role in the lives of individuals and businesses. It further serves to entrench our position as Kenya’s preferred data network,” Kibati said.

Currently, Telkom Kenya holds a resilient 400G fiber capacity on its entire backbone running from Mombasa through Malaba to Tororo.

The Nairobi city metro fiber loop has a design capacity of 1TB making it the biggest ethernet carrier in the country that carries heavy traffic while effectively relaying data across the region and effectively providing an exceptional experience for internet users.

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Kibati notes that the capacity will not only improve customer data experience but also boost reseller capacity to other telecommunication companies and internet service providers across East Africa who purchase from Telkom.

The metro loop is part of Telkom Kenya’s 1-billion-shilling strategy of expanding and optimizing the company’s network across Kenya.

The plan carries 4G and 3G internet connectivity, as well as its Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) Network for enterprise and corporate customers.

The Ministry of ICT, Telkom Kenya and its Djibouti African Regional Express (DARE 1) partners earlier this year, completed the first raft of its commercial negotiations in Djibouti ahead of the implementation of a 4,000-kilometre, 36TB Terabyte fiber cable set to connect Kenya and Djibouti.

The connection will be the largest ever capacity in Kenya and the East Africa region as a whole.

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“For a broadband revolution to be a reality, the metropolitan bottleneck must be broken with architectural transformations that will enable us to convert bandwidth demand into opportunities. As more and more applications are emerging, we must have matching or even better bandwidth in place,” concluded Kibati.



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