11 Oct Kenya: Safaricom kicks off regional FTTH rollout project
Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom has launched its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) ‘Regional Rollout Plan’, which will see the expansion of its high-speed broadband services to an increased number of homes across the country. Under the first phase of the project, the fibre-optic network will be deployed in Kitengela town and its environs, targeting 14,000 homes with a plan to reach 40% penetration within the next three months. Other towns targeted in this phase include Athi River, Buruburu, Ngong Road, Runda, Ruaka and Karen. Customers will have a choice of FTTH internet packages, ranging in price from KES2,500 (USD24) per month for maximum download speeds of 5Mbps to KES9,999 per month for 40Mbps connection rates. Safaricom says its fibre infrastructure currently passes around 95,000 homes.
‘Customers insights reveal that access to reliable and convenient internet in the home has become increasingly critical, and this for us presents a huge opportunity. Our plan is to ensure that every customer that needs fibre connectivity at their homes across the country can access it affordably and at zero installation cost,’ commented Safaricom’s Director of Regional Sales and Operations Steve Okeyo.