Kenyan broadband provider Jamii Telecom Ltd (JTL) has confirmed that it has launched its first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Karen, a high-end suburb of Nairobi; the telco plans to target more than 6,000 households and SMEs in the area. Going forward, Joshua Chepkwony, chairman of JTL, has said that the firm intends to focus its FTTH deployments on Nairobi’s more affluent neighbourhoods, such as Karen, Lavington and Kileleshwa, due to the high purchasing power and growing appetite for broadband use. Chepkwony commented: ‘Despite the various inland metro fibre connections we have in the city, most home users are yet to fully take advantage of them, and this is the experience we want to change’. A 10Mbps fibre-optic connection is priced at KES10,000 (USD106.1) per month, with download speeds of 15Mbps (KES15,000) and 20Mbps (KES20,000) also available. Under the brand name ‘Faiba’, JTL will also offer IPTV and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services to Karen residents.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2011 Telkom Kenya inaugurated the country’s first FTTH broadband services in Muthaiga and Parklands, two of Nairobi’s most affluent suburbs, whilst cableco Wananchi Group launched its own long-awaited triple-play service in December 2010, under the Zuku brand. Zuku’s bundled offering went live in the Nairobi districts of Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Lavington and Hurligham. Last week, Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, announced plans to roll out its own independent fibre-optic network, in a bid to secure a larger share of the data sector, and reduce its reliance on the voice market.