AccessKenya installs fibre monitoring system

Corporate Internet and IT Solutions provider AccessKenya Group has acquired a fibre monitoring system for its 450 Kilometer Carrier Ethernet Fiber Optic Network. 

The firm, which has over 595 buildings connected to fibre in Nairobi and Mombasa, says the move was necessitated by constant cable cuts experienced on its fibre network.

According to the Group Managing Director, Jonathan Somen, the system installed in November now enables the firm to proactively detect unanticipated faults and which is one of the biggest hazards for terrestrial fibre cable operators. “With this system in place we can now coordinate network faults and better map distances to resolve such interruptions much faster, even as we expand our metropolitan coverage”, said Somen.

AccessKenya currently spends about Ksh 200,000 in repair costs for every fibre cut, and which average three to four weekly with Nairobi being the most affected.

“Ninety percent of disruption to our infrastructure is caused by contractors and cases of vandalism. We have deployed numerous redundant rings throughout our network to guarantee no downtime for clients especially within these areas,” said Somen.

The reactive monitoring system that can also pick up fibre degradation is one way AccessKenya hopes to utilize in maintaining network quality. The firm is also in the process of expanding its wireless network coverage to include all the 47 counties in Kenya by the end of 2014.

Going into the new year, AccessKenya intends to focus on growing its corporate and enterprise business by offering internet, IT solutions, Cloud, data backup and MPLS services.

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