Pan-African ISP Liquid Telecom has completed the deployment of a metro network in Nairobi, as it moves towards offering last-mile fibre internet connections to homes and businesses through its retail brand, Hai. IT News Africa reports that the new metro network was rolled out as part of Liquid’s KES20.3 billion (USD195.2 million) internet infrastructure investment programme in Kenya. ‘Our overriding mission has always been to achieve a reach and quality of internet that will fuel the growth of Kenya’s internet economy, creating jobs and incomes. This sees us turn to our next step, strategically, in focusing this year, on last mile connections and value added service (VAS) packages for our customers,’ commented Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO Ben Roberts.
Liquid Telecom Kenya’s Hai-branded retail packages are currently only available in a limited number of housing estates, including Runda in Nairobi, offering fibre-based services such as high speed internet and television. The company will also install hundreds of new Wi-Fi hotspots in 2016 to extend the speed and reliability of its network to more users, and to enhance the business and home internet experience for existing customers. Liquid Telecom currently has around 200 free hotspots in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Kariado and Nyeri.
The extensive infrastructure investment programme has seen Liquid connect 39 out of the 47 counties, in addition to constructing new metro networks in Kisumu, Nakuru, Garissa, Mombasa, Kilifi and Eldoret. In the future, metro networks will be deployed in Meru, Nyeri, Machakos and Muranga, as well as the upgrade of the fibre network in Kisii, and the extension of the Nakuru network to Naivasha.