$40m Safaricom Digital City to enhance connectivity in Kenya




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By Ventures Africa

East African telecommunication giant Safaricom has launched a Sh3.4 billion ($40 million) project dubbed “Safaricom Digital City”, which will see it connect five major cities and towns in Kenya its recently built fibre optic network.

Speaking on the new investment, Safaricom’s Director Corporate Affairs, Mr Nzioka Waita said the digital city project has been put in place roll out high quality fibre in five major cities and towns in Kenya, adding the Nairobi metropolitan “Safaricom Digital City Project covers commercial and industrial areas in the entire Nairobi Metropolitan area.”

He explained the digital city would be a driver Safaricom’s core goals growing the enterprise segment with a particular focus on the SME segment, by leveraging its investments in connectivity and data storage .

According Waita, “The enterprise segment is nascent in Kenya … through this fibre, we will be able to offer our enterprise customers high quality solution will guarantee them faster speeds and a more reliable service at a cost effective price.”

“We will be targeting as many buildings as possible. We will start off in Nairobi before rolling out to the other towns as we expand the reach our metro-fibre,” Waita added.

Last week, Safaricom which hopes to attract through its connectivity project, told developers in Nairobi’s Westlands area to connect commercial buildings to its fibre network for free.

However, a report from Standard said operating from these buildings will pay for the use of connectivity services offered by the telco.

Safaricom is now on the second phase of the rollout, targeting laying a further 300 kilometres in the Nairobi area.

So far, the firm has laid over 600 kilometres of fibre in Nairobi and its environs, including Rongai, Kitengela, Ngong, Kiambu, Ruiru and Athi River. By January next year, it plans to start laying cable for similar networks in four other major towns across the country including Kisumu, Eldoret, and Mombasa.