Kenya Transmission Company (KETRACO) is in search of telecommunication companies interested in partnering to operate its planned nationwide fibre-optic infrastructure. The private sector players will be entitled to design, supply, install, operate, manage and commercialize its fibre network on a revenue sharing agreement. Currently, it uses optical ground wire technology for its operations, which has the capacity to transmit data.
In 2014, Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya granted the power transmitter a network facility provider tier 2 license to allow it lease out fibre to licensed application and content service providers as a way of boosting its revenue base. Its total transmission network stands at 1,115km and a further 7,000 kilometers of transmission lines expected over the next five years.
KETRACO will eventually have over 4000 kilometres of optical fibre criss-crossing the country, spanning from Mombasa (submarine cables) across to the borders of Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. This is a result of a partnership signed with Safaricom and the state agency to lease two of KETRACO’s fibres in each of the 47km 132kV Rabai-Galu and 320km 220kV Rabai – Malindi – Garsen – Lamu transmission lines for 5 years, to provide a more resilient network in both North and South Coast regions.
This will play a huge role in boosting internet usage in Kenya and inter-linking the African continent with unlimited high speed broadband.