Keen interest in Safaricom fibre network

At least four major international firms are reported to be interested in building Safaricom’s planned fibre-optic network.

Safaricom this week said it aimed to build its own inland network to grow its data business and reduce its dependence on voice revenue.

The company has already begun seeking out a partner to build the fibre-optic infrastructure.

The 4 000km network is expected to cost up to USD50 million to roll out. It will be Kenya’s second major fibre-optic network, with the government having already installed the National Optic Fibre Backbone.

Chinese telecoms equipment firm ZTE said it was interested in partnering on the project.

Earlier, Jamii Telecoms, KDN and Soliton Teleme were also reported to be among the contenders for the deal.

Safaricom said there had been a great deal of local and international interest in building the new network.

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