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’.