AccessKenya has announced plans to invest KSh35 million (US$411,000) in the expansion of its fibre and wireless networks and other ICT solutions to the country’s 47 counties for the remainder of 2013 and in 2014.
The company said it has already started digging fibre network extensions on the North Coast of Mombasa and Athi River to add to the more than 400 kilometres of fibre network in Nairobi and Mombasa, with 10 counties slated for connection before the end of the year.
Jonathan Somen, managing director (MD) of AccessKenya group, said the company is in the process of actualising its national expansion strategy and has already rolled out networks in Kakamega, Kericho, Machakos and Meru.
He said the company will work with county governments and ICT managers to provide tailor made solutions for the counties.
“AccessKenya Group is committed to delivering localised ICT solutions to every county and elevating the ICT standards of Kenya,” Somen said.
So as to provide a competitive edge as the top ICT solutions provider, AccessKenya further aims to expand its national coverage directly with its own network, a strategic move necessitated by growing demand for broadband services across the counties according to the company’s feasibility assessment completed over the past year.
“Over the past three years, we have focused primarily on reliable service as being the key focus of the company as this is what customers rank as their number one requirement,” the statement added.
So far the company has connected 15 towns outside of Nairobi.
AccessKenya said currently clients located out of Nairobi and Mombasa are getting excellent broadband experiences exactly the same as those in Nairobi or Mombasa.
This comes after Dimension Data announced it will retain Jonathan Somen as the group managing director after a waiver for its full acquisition pending a recommendation from the board to its shareholders to accept the KSh3 billion ($35.3 million) takeover.