Internet Solutions Kenya (formerly Access Kenya Group) has announced a partnership with Telco Systems, a US-based company that designs and develops telecom network communications solutions, for the upgrade of its fibre access network.
Telco Systems will upgrade the entire IS Kenya fibre network in the next 12 months, increasing the service provider’s capacity on the fibre ring to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The enhanced network means that customers will now access multiples of Gigabyte connections at any point on the network.
"In the last two years, there has been a growing demand for capacity and other services layered on connectivity, from our enterprise customers. This new infrastructure has the capacity to support greater bandwidth, Cloud Services and enhance our data centre connectivity", Internet Solutions Kenya Managing Director Richard Hechle said.
"This network upgrade is a major step forward in creating one of the highest quality and most reliable networks not only in Kenya, but across Africa. This world-class network that we are building for Internet Solutions Kenya is in line with global trends across the telco industry and an example of one of the many similar major network upgrades that we have recently delivered, enabling our service provider customers to take on more business and expand their service offerings. Ariel Efrati, Telco Systems CEO
The enhanced network will hopefully translate to improved service quality in a market that has recorded a growing demand for Cloud services and data in the last year. In the exercise, the IS Kenya network will be fully automated, allowing for the quick provisioning of new and existing services, a simplified deployment of the network and simpler maintenance activities.
Internet Solutions is looking to leverage the upgraded network to cater for increased demand outside Nairobi, with ongoing network expansion set for completion in April 2017 for Kisumu, Eldoret, and Thika at a cost of KES25 million.
“Our key focus is not only expansion but improving resilience on our existing network, and better utilizing the infrastructure we already have. In addition to enhanced connectivity, we shall utilise our infrastructure to deliver benefits of the cloud to our customers including; Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a service (PaaS)” added Richard Hechle.
In a strategic move aimed at further utilising existing infrastructure, IS Kenya has also partnered with low-cost ISP Surf to deliver highly affordable, high-quality bandwidth to middle and low income individuals and households.
Through the partnership, Surf will utilise IS Kenya’s infrastructure to deploy unlimited internet services and high-speed public Wi-Fi hotspots currently available in Eastlands and the Central Business District of Nairobi.