Full-service data provider Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has announced that it has activated four STM-64 cable links belonging to the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC); each link possesses a payload bandwidth of roughly 9.621Gbps. The move is designed to safeguard KDN’s fibre-optic network between capital Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombasa. KDN are reportedly paying the power company an annual fee of KES194 million (USD2.31 million) for the privilege. The announcement coincides with news that KDN has received an acceptance certificate from French systems provider Alcatel-Lucent, the contractor in charge of activating the stretch of fibre between Mombasa and Nairobi.
KDN chief marketing officer Vincent Wang’ombe commented: ‘This connection gives our customers peace of mind to carry on with their business with the knowledge that the KDN network to Mombasa is now protected. Cable theft interrupts business operations, and increases maintenance costs of the cable lines. KPLC over-power line cables will thus reduce the losses that KDN’s customers incur every month due to vandalism’. Wang’ombe confirmed that any savings made from the diversified data route will be passed on the consumers, with a reduction in prices estimated at around 40% per customer.
Suveer Ramhbini, a spokesperson for the SEACOM international submarine cable, which docks in Mombasa, voiced his approval that KDN is now offering a backup route to the coastal town, commenting: ‘SEACOM is glad that KDN is now offering a backup route to Mombasa on the overhead lines for KPLC. This will greatly improve the uptime of the international capacity for not only KDN and Kenya, but also for the East African region. We are happy with our partnership with KDN as they are able to meet our needs and are responsive to our requirements’.