Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) is seeking to partner with telecoms companies for the operation and maintenance of its in-deployment nationwide fibre-optic network. Business Daily reports that the firm is implementing a broadband strategy that involves leasing extra capacity on its fibre-optic infrastructure to ISPs, in a bid to generate additional revenue. ‘In order to meet its objective, KETRACO requires an operator to design, supply, install, operate, manage and commercialise its fibre network on a revenue sharing agreement,’ a company statement said. It is aiming to construct about 7,000km of high voltage lines across the country and achieve regional interconnection within the next five years. The announcement follows a similar move by state-owned utility company Kenya Power, which is leasing its own infrastructure to telecoms operators for the provision of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services.
KETRACO was awarded a Network Facility Provider Tier 2 licence by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) in 2014, allowing it to lease its fibre network capacity to licensed application and content service providers.