Kenya Power is set to expand its fibre optic cable connections to cover all counties. The State-owned firm will pick a contractor in May to install and supply 1,300km of high-speed internet wires along its electricity lines to expand on the existing 1,800km. This is the third and last phase the electricity generator is undertaking to have high-speed internet cables in all counties across the country.
The contractor will have about eight months to complete installation works. The new project will see the firm increase coverage to most remaining counties excluding areas like Mandera, Wajir, Moyale and Turkana which are not connected to the national electricity grid. Kenya Power mainly uses the high speed internet network to manage its national grid.
Since 2010, Kenya Power has fixed about 1,800km of optical fibre along its high voltage power lines passing through 24 of Kenya’s 47 counties. Its goal is to install a reliable connection between Kenya Power county offices and Nairobi head office.
In 2002, the firm was licensed as a network facility provider by the communications sector regulator to allow it to lease its excess broadband capacity to players in the telecoms sector. Presently, the power firm has connected a significant portion of the country such as Nairobi, Nyeri, Mombasa, Nanyuki and Eldoret.