AccessKenya starts network optimisation programme
By BiztechAfrica – Jan. 23, 2013, 10:02 a.m.
Internet and IT Solutions provider AccessKenya Group has rolled out a network optimidation drive aimed at delivering faster internet speeds to customers over the next twelve months. The process, which began late December, involves the conversion of all wireless Base Stations (BTS) to fibre optic cable links and is expected to yield more bandwidth capacity by over 80%.
AccessKenya Group Network Manager Cyril Oluoch says the upgrade is part of the larger plan to bolster internet connectivity over vast regions and deliver versatile Wide Area Network (WAN) solutions whose demand has been on the increase among the company’s corporate clientele.
“The conversion will enable us achieve up to 1 Gigabit bandwidth, up from the maximum 200Mbps delivered on wireless backhauls,” says Oluoch.
“This will not only guarantee better speeds for our clients but also deliver upgraded capacities for more customers,” he explained.
The move will also see AccessKenya cap licensing related costs by over 50% and allow for greater profit margins on the back of reduced operational expenses.
Last year, the AccessKenya Group spent over Sh37 Million in licence fees – a cost the company notes is impeding to growth. So far, about 20 Base Stations in areas including Kasarani, Lavington and Lower Kabete have been converted to fibre optic links since the launch of the drive that is targeting to convert tens of BTS’ serving AccessKenya clients in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and other major towns in the country.
Group Managing Director Jonathan Somen says the company is keen on taking services to the clients by expanding its fibre network with the aim of delivering more Value Added Services (VAS) in the market as a deliberate strategy to gain an edge over perceived competitors.
“We believe we are a step ahead of our competition in innovation and we are working tirelessly to translate this into tangible business results that will reflect in our books,” said Somen.