AccessKenya to expand wireless network in the counties


By Nixon Kanali, TechTrendsKE

AccessKenya Group has announced it will connect five new counties to its expanding fiber and wireless network in the first quarter of 2014.

The first five counties to be connected are Kisii, Narok, and Bungoma counties alongside Nyahururu and Kitale towns in Transzoia and and Laikipia counties respectively and which will kick off the concerted effort to connect up to 15 counties this year.

In July 2013, AccessKenya announced that its strategic growth plans into the counties.They said that they wereout to had plans to aggressively target the 47 county governments for connection on its fibre and wireless networks and extend other ICT solutions to the counties, within the remainder of 2013 and in 2014.

According to Jonathan Somen, the Group Managing Director,  the company added seven new counties namely Kakamega, Kericho, Machakos, Murang’a, Kiambu,  Embu and Meru counties onto its fast growing national grid.

“We are committed to delivering localized ICT solutions to every county. AccessKenya appreciates that each county has unique ICT needs so we plan to work with county governments and ICT managers to tailor make and deliver scalable IT solutions”, said Somen.

Among its milestones in 2013, AccessKenya that seeks to be the preferred one-stop ICT solutions provider for county governments in Kenya won the Machakos County business, a major triumph given the county’s prominence of hosting Konza Technopolis.

Mr. Somen also explained that presence in Machakos would allow the company to deploy its expansive expertise and service to the strategic County Government as it crafts its own ICT policies and lays a foundation towards actualizing Vision 2030.

AccessKenya is currently digging additional fibre cable extensions in AthiRiver and the North Coast of Mombasa to add up to its existing 450 Kilometer Ethernet carrier cable.

Currently, over 99% of the network being built, by AccessKenya uses the latest technology which is the use of redundant rings a design that ensures if a single fibre cut occurs, traffic is rerouted around the other side of the fibre ring within 50milliseconds therefore connectivity is uninterrupted. All rings are designed to connect to two core nodes thereby ensuring that a failure in a core node will not take down the customer’s connectivity.

AccessKenya has built over 170 kilometres of fibre in Nairobi and tens of kilometres of fibre in Mombasa and over 300 buildings connected thus  offering enormous and reliable coverage in Kenya’s two major towns.

 

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