Kenyan ISP AccessKenya has announced plans to lay its own fibre-optic infrastructure in Mombasa, as part of its ongoing plans to build an IP-based fibre network across Kenya. Managing Director Jonathan Somen said that the AccessKenya Group offices in Mombasa will be connected to the SEACOM and TEAMS international submarine cables in the first instance, before the network is rolled out to other buildings in the city. The metro-fibre network will utilise full ring topology, which means that if one part of the network is disrupted, traffic is re-routed to the opposite section of the ring, meaning no ‘downtime’ for clients. Like the firm’s existing fibre network in Nairobi, the network will be based on a Carrier Ethernet platform, allowing applications such as videoconferencing, VoIP and triple-play services.
AccessKenya has selected Enterprise Generale Malta Forrest (EGMF), a local contractor and engineering company, to manage the installation of the fibre network’s physical infrastructure. EGMF has been involved in the implementation of numerous other fibre networks in East Africa, including AccessKenya’s Nairobi metro-fibre network, which was Kenya’s first completely IP-based fibre network. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, AccessKenya already has 130km of metro-fibre covering over 250 buildings in Nairobi. The firm hopes that its new metro network in Mombasa will allow its 6,500-strong customer base to benefit from the significantly higher transmission speeds offered by the international submarine cables.