KDN builds out SEACOM link

7 Jul 2009

Cableco Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has launched a 1,500km fibre-optic cable that will link Kampala and Nairobi to the SEACOM submarine cable when it lands in Mombasa later this month, East African Business Week reports. SEACOM is scheduled for launch on 23 July and a number of cablecos, such as KDN, Access Kenya, Telkom Kenya and Jamii, have been looking to capitalise on the increased international connectivity provided by the submarine cable system by deploying international cable systems. KDN is also planning to extend the USD750,000 terrestrial cable system to connect to Kigali in Rwanda and Bujumbura in Burundi by the end of the year. KDN chief executive officer Kai Wulff said: ‘The price for the service will be the same whether you are in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi… By providing faster, cheaper and efficient services including cable television, telephone and internet the east African countries will be well on the way to competing on the global scene.’