The Kenyan government says the construction of its national fibre backbone network will begin early next year and will take around six months to complete. The network rollout has received approval from the Treasury, Telecompaper reports. Deployment has been split into three sections, covering western Kenya, the coast and northeast, and central Kenya. Three equipment suppliers have been chosen, with each responsible for one of the regional sections; Huawei will deploy networks in Nairobi and the central region, ZTE will cover the west, and Sagem will handle the rollout in the coastal and northeastern regions.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has selected Alcatel-Lucent of France as the main equipment supplier for the KES6.2 billion (USD82 million) East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) undersea cable link. The cable will connect Mombasa in Kenya with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, and will offer greater links to international networks. Completion is scheduled for mid-2009. Alcatel-Lucent has already been awarded the tender to deploy another undersea link which will have a landing in Kenya, the East Africa Submarine System (EASSy).