KETRACO seeks telecoms operator partners for fibre network rollout

31 Mar 2017

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.

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