Following yesterday’s announcement, as reported by CommsUpdate, that Safaricom had agreed a deal with Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to lease fibre-optic cable capacity across its national network, Safaricom CEO, Michael Joseph, has lauded the agreement, saying it puts the company on a par with backbone operators such as Telkom and Kenya Data Networks. Joseph said: ‘With this new fibre system, we are entering a new realm as a data carrier. This will be a major complement to the massive investments we have made in the country’s main undersea cable ventures. We will definitely be offering a better end-to-end data proposition to both our retail and wholesale customers.’ Under the deal Safaricom will operate a fibre-optic pair on KPLC’s 1,500km Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) system, as built across the national power grid. KPLC also agreed parallel deals with Wananchi Group and Jamii Telecom.