Kenya to expand fibre optic coverage

ImageKenya is about to expand its fibre optic infrastructure with an additional 1,600KM of National Optic Fiber Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) phase 2 being embarked on in July.

Already, 4,300KM fibre optic cable has been laid out since 2009. In the second phase all 47 County Governments are earmarked for connection.
NOFBI Phase 2 is funded through USD72.5 million loan from EXIM Bank of China, through a concessional Government to Government loan agreement and M/S Huawei Technologies of China is the project contractor.
NOFBI Phase 1 is already in use by (government in 28 counties, Telkom, Safaricom and Jamii Telecom,) utilizing more than 3,000 KM of the cable.

The government aims to build the ICT infrastructure which is key to helping Kenya catch up with opportunities using the next generation of telecommunications in line with ist vision 2030. This will also aide in the development of rural ICT and access to e- government services.


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