KDN hires Alca-Lu for network upgrade

18 Jun 2009

Alcatel-Lucent (Alca-Lu) has signed a contract with Kenya Data Networks to upgrade the data carrier’s IP/MPLS network in twelve cities over the next three years. The KES1.6 billion (USD21.4 million) deal includes Alca-Lu’s gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution as well as additional IP/MPLS service routers, upgrading networks based on the Alca-Lu triple-play service delivery architecture (TPSDA). The upgrades will give customers higher speeds, quality, and stability for triple-play services, along with guaranteed quality of service for business critical applications and future mobile services. Kai Wulff, CEO of KDN said, ‘KDN has been providing the most advanced telecoms technology to Kenya and other countries in East Africa for a number of years. We chose Alcatel-Lucent to help us continue this legacy because of its technology leadership in GPON and IP-converged triple-play services, as well as its reputation for performance and reliability.’

The upgrade deal places KDN at the forefront of the fledgling regional data transport industry in Kenya. The TEAMS submarine cable landed in Mombasa last week and the SEACOM cable is due to land in July. Several firms, including KDN, Access Kenya, Telkom Kenya and Jamii, are currently rolling out terrestrial cable networks across Kenya to capitalise on the increased international connectivity provided by the submarine fibre-optic cables. Mr Wulff said, ‘Once we have the fibre operating, it will definitely result in growth in our gross domestic product as a country.’