Cable to cost USD50.9 million

23 Apr 2007

Kenya’s National Optical Fibre Backbone project is to cost KES3.5 billion (USD50.9 million) the government says. The 500km cable, which will link major towns and cities, is expected to be live within 18 months and will add to the country’s only other fibre link which connects Nairobi with Mombasa. Authorities are currently considering applications from equipment suppliers keen to win the rollout contract. Nine firms have been short-listed, Nairobi newspaper The Nation reports; these are: Sagem Communication Safran Group, Huawei Technologies, ASB Company (Alcatel-Lucent), ECI Telecom, Draka Comteq Telecom, Siemens Networks, ZTE Corporation, Fujikura, and Taihan Electric Wire Company.