MTN Kenya ditches partners and pursues independent fibre rollout in Nairobi

16 Apr 2013

MTN Business Kenya has revealed that it has rolled out its own fibre-optic network within Nairobi, dropping two of its four established infrastructure providers in the process. The East African reports that MTN firm has been leasing fibre capacity from Kenya Data Networks (KDN), Telkom Kenya, Jamii Telecoms Limited (JTL) and Wananchi Group, but has grown dissatisfied with the poor network quality being offered. Although it is not clear which two companies have seen their agreements terminated, Tom Omariba, MTN Kenya’s managing director, noted that the two remaining infrastructure providers will continue to offer capacity in areas where MTN has yet to extend its fibre footprint. He said: ‘A provider will be retained depending on historical evaluation of quality of service and uptime, it is not a blanket decision. We had to build our own fibre cable; we tried to switch providers to see if this could improve the quality of our service to clients, but it didn’t work. Some of our clients are multinational firms who want the same quality of service they experience in other parts of the world. The only way to guarantee this is to look for a permanent solution’. The new fibre network is also expected to provide MTN with a new revenue stream, allowing it to lease excess capacity to other providers.

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