MTN Business Kenya has completed the laying of a metro-fibre network in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, which is to be connected to its fibre infrastructure at the Mombasa sea cable landing station. The business connectivity solutions provider has done this in a bid to improve service.
Technical Manager Lawrence Lubanga said that currently, MTN Business Kenya has been relying on third parties for backhauling of its capacity between Mombasa and Nairobi, a move that has usually seen the company incur extra cost. He further stated that they are in a position to offer their clients more capacity without the requirement of additional monthly costs.
The company has so far connected more than half of its clients in Nairobi to the new metro-fibre in the first and second phase of the project and the idea is to have the rest connected before the end of the year. Moreover, customers in Kisumu’s central business district and a few in the city’s outskirts have been connected since the beginning of September.
However, the introduction of the metro-fibre infrastructure presents the challenge of fibre vandalism and service disruption to its customer. Mr. Lubanga nonetheless said the technical team has been well equipped to deal with any fibre cuts within three hours after reporting.
The multinational telco group recently launched a pan-African cloud platform, powered by Microsoft’s cloud technology, which offers customers a hybrid cloud solution serviced from MTN’s data centres.