Unrest delays national backbone network

23 Jan 2008

The recent violence and unrest that followed Kenya’s disputed general election has caused a delay to the National Fibre Optic Backbone project, meaning the country’s internet users will have to wait a while longer for quicker internet access. The nationwide network had been scheduled for completion early next year, ahead of the landing of an international undersea link at Mombasa. Local newspaper Business Daily quotes Mwenda Makathimo, the chairman of the Institution of Surveyors Kenya (ISK), who says: ‘A number of risks have slowed down the project, including personal safety of professionals who come from different communities.’ The KES3.5 billion (USD50 million) project is being supported by three equipment vendors: Sagem Communications, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation.