Wananchi to launch triple-play

9 Sep 2008

The Kenyan ISP Wananchi is set to launch what it claims will be Africa’s first triple-play video, data and phone service. The firm is currently deploying WiMAX wireless broadband networks in Nairobi and Mombasa, and plans to have deployed 100 base stations by November. It has also acquired cable operator Mitsumi TV and has taken a stake in the TEAMS international undersea cable link which will boost internet connectivity in Kenya. ‘Next month, Wananchi will roll out in the Kenyan market the first triple play service in Africa, comprising internet, TV and telephony, all in the same cost-effective package and coming from one provider,’ Euan Fannell, Wananchi group’s chief executive officer told local newspaper The EastAfrican.