Broadband provider Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has announced that it is ready to begin work on its long-delayed fibre-optic network, in conjunction with local company Green Future. Chief Marketing Officer Vincent Wang’ombe said that KDN has committed up to KES1.2 billion (USD14.4 million) towards the infrastructure rollout. Wang’ombe commented: ‘Green Future will be completing the Kampala to Gatuna route, and we have pumped KES110 million into that particular project’. Green Future is one of ten companies that have been selected by KDN to undertake the project, and reportedly impressed the broadband provider with its earlier work on the Mombasa-Kampala (Uganda) fibre-optic route. From Uganda, the cable will connect to neighbouring Rwanda, furthering pan-African fibre-optic connectivity.
Fred Sewe, managing director of Green Future, commented: ‘Green Future is excited about getting back to work and continuing the great regional expansion that KDN is engaged in. KDN is Kenya’s largest and fastest growing private data carrier and infrastructure provider in the East and Central African region and this expansion is fundamental in solidifying KDN’s presence in these areas’. In September GlobalComms reported that KDN had turned its back on the retail market to concentrate on its wholesale and corporate clients. KDN intends to develop new products that cater for the needs of ISPs, banks and other financial institutions. The new strategy aims to give Kenya’s other ISPs a fair platform to compete in the retail market.