The Kenyan internet service provider AccessKenya has begun work on a new 150km metro fibre network in Nairobi to provide enhanced connectivity for its business customers. The telco is currently in the process of selecting partners to deploy the KES781 million (USD9.6 million) project, with Alcatel-Lucent, ECI Telecom and Cisco/Dimension Data currently in the frame according to a report from Business Daily Africa. ‘This will give us much more capacity on our local loop,’ said Jonathan Somen, managing director of AccessKenya Group. ‘This sets us up for the future to ensure that we can deliver significantly more bandwidth overall as well as significantly more bandwidth to individual clients,’ he added. AccessKenya is also planning metro networks in other urban centres across the country. Kenya is set to get a massive boost to its international connectivity with the launch of several new undersea links over the next few years, and several local telcos have begun work on national fibre projects to meet the rising demand from end users.