AccessKenya and Airtel announce fibre-optic voice tie-up in Nairobi, Mombasa

23 Aug 2011

Mobile operator Airtel Kenya has signed an agreement with corporate data and infrastructure provider AccessKenya to enable it to offer fixed line voice telephony services using AccessKenya’s burgeoning fibre-optic network in Nairobi and Mombasa. According to Business Daily Africa, as a result of the deal Airtel will gain access to all new buildings in which the broadband provider rolls out its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network; AccessKenya says that it is currently connecting at least ten new buildings to its infrastructure every month, with around 300 buildings connected to date.

AccessKenya managing director Jonathan Somen commented: ‘Our goal remains to provide the most reliable, most consistent services in Kenya, backed up with first class customer service. Given our record uptime of 99.93% last year on our fibre network, partnering with Airtel to provide top quality fixed line services will help both companies to further expand our market shares. By forming a partnership with a leading and global brand such as Airtel, it reinforces our ability to deliver world class services to the Kenyan public. This deal marks our first wholesale contract with a mobile operator, and that further enhances our services and leverages our investment in infrastructure – primarily our outstanding fibre network’.

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