Telkom Kenya to boost Internet routes
By Lee Mwiti | November 8th 2016
Telkom Kenya is open to investing in multiple undersea fibre optic cables linking the country to international internet connectivity to cushion customers from internet disruptions.
This will beef up Telkom Kenya’s current back-up plan to migrate its international Internet traffic to other undersea cables during cable cuts and maintenance.
Speaking at an undersea cable sector stakeholder forum in Mombasa, Telkom Kenya Managing Director, Carrier Services, and George Mokogi said that Kenyan telcos should provide other redundancy routes through investment in additional infrastructure lines.
“For Telkom Kenya, protection of the undersea cable to us means providing other routes of redundancy to the nation for internet connectivity to the international world such that should there be any cuts services aren’t compromised,” said Mr Mokogi
Telkom Kenya’s stakes in fiber optic undersea cables includes a 23 per cent stake in TEAMs, a 5,000km (through Fujairah in the UAE), 10 per cent stake in LION2, a 2,700km (through Mayotte in Mauritius) and an 8 per cent stake in the East Africa Submarine System cable. It also manages the governments National Optic Fibre Backbone, a national inland fibre optic cable network at a fee.
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